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Love Where You Live


Love Where You Live



No one wants to see what somebody else threw out, plain and simple. Whether it’s a food wrapper from what someone just ate at the park, or a wad of tossed plastic shopping bags spoiling the roadside, litter just looks trashy.

And that’s not who we are. Gadsden County is so naturally beautiful – with our rolling hills and rich farmlands  to our serene lakes and fine rivers—we want to embrace this beauty, not spoil it.   We know you love where you live, and we know how much pleasure we all take in welcoming our friends and families to our beautiful, historic county to enjoy it the way we do.

Litter is also another word for pollution. And pollution is dangerous. Dumping litter on sidewalks or along streets often causes it to get washed down into storm drains during a heavy rain. Eventually this water leads to the nearest river or drinking water aquifer. If the water becomes polluted from litter it can no longer be used for drinking or recreation like swimming and fishing. So not only does littering create an eyesore for our otherwise beautiful county, it also quickly fills up landfills, regularly clogs drains, and pollutes our own drinking water!

Gadsden County produces 500 tons of garbage daily. More than half of that garbage can be reused or recycled. Right now, we are only recycling one-third of what we could.

Some easily recyclable items can sit in a landfill for up to 1,000 years. By making sure we maximize recycling, we help reduce the need for more landfills. Recyclable products such as paper, glass, aluminum, and steel can be made into new products that you buy every day.


How Gadsden County is Helping you Love Where You Live

Gadsden County is working with our cities, community and civic groups and neighbors—people like you—to help keep our county clean and litter-free. We want you to love where you live, and one of the most basic things we can all do is to help keep our surroundings beautiful. That’s why we are revving up our county-wide programs for recycling, litter control, and volunteer opportunities such as Adopt-a-Road and Community Cleanups.



Let’s get back to basics, where we know exactly what goes in the trash can versus what can be recycled. Below is a list that tells you exactly which materials can and cannot go in your recycling bin:

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  • Bottles and cups – including clear plastic disposable cups
  • Jugs – milk and juice (caps and lids left on)
  • Tubs and containers – yogurt, butter/margarine tubs, plastic takeout containers, plastic frozen food tray
  • Detergent, shampoo and cleaning bottles – including bathroom, kitchen and laundry products


  • Plastic bags (however, certain grocery stores may accept plastic bags for recycling)
  • Polystyrene/foam (certain grocery stores may accept clean polystyrene for recycling)
  • Plastic utensils (forks/spoons/knives)
  • Straws
  • All biodegradable and compostable plastics
  • Plastic buckets and pails
  • Plastic cat litter buckets
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Large plastic storage bins or laundry hampers
  • Clothes hangers (plastic or metal)
  • Syringes



∙ Mail – envelopes (even the ones with plastic windows), flyers, postcards, greeting cards, catalogs

∙ Newspaper, magazines, books (paperback and phone book)

∙ Paper – plain and colored paper, wrapping paper, sticky notes, shredded paper (please place inside a paper bag and staple shut)

 ∙ Detergent, shampoo and cleaning bottles – including bathroom, kitchen and laundry products

 ∙ Paper with staples or tape (these are removed during the paper recycling process)

 ∙ Boxes – shoe boxes, shipping boxes, cereal boxes, frozen food boxes

 ∙ Cardboard paper towel and toilet paper rolls

 ∙ Cardboard egg crates 

 ∙ Pizza and donut boxes (just no food waste)


 ∙ Napkins, paper towels, tissues 

 ∙ Paper plates and cups (including coffee cups)

 ∙ Milk and juice cartons

 ∙ Tissue paper (used for presents)



 ∙ Empty aluminum, tin, and steel cans and containers – cans for coffee, soda, soup, pet food, vegetables

 ∙ Aluminum foil – clean pie tins and balled-up foil


 ∙ Aerosol cans

 ∙ Kitchen items, such as pots/pans or metal utensils (knives, forks, spatulas, etc.)

 ∙ Metal objects and parts such as mower blades, electric motors, brake rotors, vehicle parts, etc.

 ∙ Electronics (Accepted at the Leon County Household Hazardous Waste Center)

 ∙ Holiday lights or strings of lights

 ∙ Extension cords

 ∙ Wire clothes hangers

 ∙ Small propane cylinders



∙ Bottles and jars of any color (lids can be left on)



∙ Broken glass

∙ Light bulbs

∙ Ceramics


∙ Water/lawn hoses

∙ Clothes or bedding/blankets

∙ Appliances (microwave, vacuum cleaners, etc)

∙ Campaign or yard signs

∙ Rope

∙ Medical waste

∙ VHS tapes


What is Adopt-a-Road? Adopt-a-Road is a program that empowers volunteer groups to keep their neighborhoods litter-free one street at a time.

Residents volunteer to remove litter from an adopted street in their city four times a year for one year. (Streets are half-a-mile long or more.) Gadsden County provides organizational help, cleanup supplies, free disposal and recognition signs displaying the name of the group. A Group Leader coordinates cleanups between the group and the County. Adopt-a-Road is a collaboration between Gadsden County, participating cities and volunteer groups.

  • Benefits to our neighborhoods and the community:
    • increases property values
    • reduces litter-removal costs
    • fosters pride (people litter less in clean neighborhoods)
    • reduces crime
    • frees up maintenance crews to perform other tasks
    • Helps us love where we live!

Community Cleanup

  • beautify/empower community
  • service hours for students
  • provide gloves and bags for picking up - refreshments, snacks
  • signed waiver
  • if taking photos/videos, signed waiver release
  • If they occur on set days/dates/times include, or include info about how to request/organize a county-sponsored community cleanup