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 keep 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.
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, first aid kit, and litter sticks for the purpose of litter removal.
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 a group's first clean-up, an Adopt-A-Street sign with their name 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.
|Volunteer Group Responsibilities
|City of Gainesville Responsibilities
- Complete at least six (6) litter removal activities on the designated adopted street section per calendar year.
- At least one organization member must complete safety training.
- Conduct litter removal activities per the safety guidelines, including only removing litter during daylight hours and in non-inclement weather conditions, wearing safety vests at all times, and supervising any youths participating in the cleanup activities.
- Submit post-event reports within 48 hours after each cleanup activity.
- Return any borrowed supplies within a week after signing them out.
- Maintain Adopt-A-Street records and provide safety training information to groups before their first cleanup event.
- Install Adopt-A-Street signs at the beginning and the end of the designated adopted street section.
- Provide litter removal supplies, such as safety vests, plastic trash bags, litter sticks, gloves, and first aid kit for groups to use for cleanup events.
Remove all trash and recycling bags from the designated adopted street after the volunteer group cleanup.