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Deep South Sanitation allowed to keep operating in Lowndes Co.

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Cary Scarborough Cary Scarborough
Bill Slaughter Bill Slaughter
A sign on the side of Cary Scarborough's truck, advertising Deep South Sanitation. A sign on the side of Cary Scarborough's truck, advertising Deep South Sanitation.
Sign at the entrance to Advanced Disposal in Valdosta. Sign at the entrance to Advanced Disposal in Valdosta.
LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Cary Scarborough is the owner of Deep South Sanitation. It's a private trash collection service that he's been running out of his home since 2010.

Everything was just fine until a trash collection ordinance, giving exclusive trash collection rights in Lowndes County to Advanced Disposal, went into affect in February.

That's when the county filed a law suit against him.

"They had sent us a cease and dissist order to stop operating this past January. So, of course we had to fight for our business to continue operating," Scarborough said.

Scarborough took the law suit to court and today, after a months-long legal battle, he received word that Judge Harry J. Altman had ruled in his favor.

"It makes us feel really good. We've had a lot of support out there," admitted Scarborough.

According to the judge's ruling, the county cannot stop Deep South Sanitation from doing business and the county is required to give Scarborough a business license.

So, I went to the Lowndes County Government Building to get the county's opinion on the issue.

"The process that was there was that based on the exclusive contract that the county had with Advanced Disposal, the county had no other option than to move forward with litigation with Deep South," explained County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter.

Slaughter said the county didn't adopt the ordinance to run Scarborough out of business, they did to save money.

"By doing that, we were able to get the lowest rate that you possibly can get," said Slaughter.

Regardless of how much money the county is saving though, if they get their way residents will have no choice but to pay for the county's service.

And Scarborough says that's un-American.

"Our right to work is somethin' we enjoy from the constitution and I think that should be upheld," Scarborough said.

For now though, residents do have a choice.

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