The City of Gainesville voluntary Adopt-A-Street program exists to safely and positively address roadside litter in our community. The City’s Adopt-A-Street Program comprises a diverse group of participants dedicating their time to keeping Gainesville clean. Active Adopt-A-Street program members include local civic groups, businesses, sports clubs, college organizations, families, and individuals. It is these volunteers that keep this program going strong.
Adopting a street is a great way to help beautify our community and show your civic pride. Also, seeing volunteers at work is a visible reminder to others that littering is not okay. Any business, non-profit organization, or citizen in Gainesville is eligible to apply to adopt up to a two-mile section of a city street. Each group must commit to removing litter at least six times each year, remain in the program for at least two years, and a representative of the group must successfully complete a safety training session.
The city has clean-up kits for loan consisting of safety vests, plastic bags, gloves, and litter pick up sticks for the purpose of litter removal. After your first clean-up, a sign with the name of each Adopt-A-Street group or individual will be posted at both ends of the adopted street section.
If you are interested in becoming an Adopt-A-Street member, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 352-334-2330 or by email.
For short-term community service projects or adopting a county road, please contact Keep Alachua County Beautiful at (352) 371-9444 or visit KACB.org.
We love our volunteers and want to see you stay healthy! When conducting litter cleanup events, each member of the Adopt-A-Street group should remember to:
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing by placing at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Wear plastic gloves throughout the litter cleanup event.
For information about COVID-19, please refer to Keep America Beautiful's Guide to Litter Cleanup in a COVID-19 Environment(PDF, 626KB), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Florida Department of Health.