Litter Prevention and Abatement
Motorists generate 52.2 percent of litter and pedestrians 17.5 percent. Motorists not properly securing truck or cargo loads and collection vehicles represent 20.7 percent of roadway litter that is four inches or greater. Tobacco products represent roughly 38 percent of all U.S. roadway litter (Keep America Beautiful, Inc.). Keep Alachua County Beautiful is committed to addressing the problem of litter as a health and safety concern as well as an aesthetic blight. Our Cigarette Litter Prevention Program began in June of 2010, and has been a huge success. Through a concentrated education effort, the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program reduced cigarette litter from 3,462 butts collected at the first scan to 2,169 at the final scan.
The City of Gainesville voluntary Adopt-A-Street Program was formed to help address the problem of roadside litter in our city. Any company, organization, group or citizen in Gainesville can apply to adopt up to a two-mile section of a city street. Each group must commit to remove litter at least six times each year, remain in the program for at least two years, and a representative of the group must attend a safety briefing.
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. 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.
Every year millions of visitors get their first glimpse of our state from their car windows as they travel along Florida’s Highways. First impressions can be long lasting. Do we want them to see miles of roadway cluttered with litter? Or clean, green tree-lined highways that truly represent Florida’s natural beauty?
The Florida Department of Transportation is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers that care about their home. By cleaning up your road just four times a year, you can make a huge impact in your community.
Children and Youth
Southwest Advocacy Group
Our programs to foster environmental awareness are key in working with the younger residents of Alachua County. We conduct programs on recycling and litter and some of our students have established a "pen pal" relationship with Evie, a litter abatement golden retriever from Evansville, Indiana www.keb.com. Our One Room School House partners along with Kohl's department store employees, have been working with us in a program designed by Cornell University. This fall we have been laying the foundations for two programs we plan to introduce in the Spring, a new Graffiti Hurts / El Grafiti Causa Dano segment and Nature Explore, a collaborative effort of KAB, The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.We collaborate with The Hippodrome Theatre's Education Department in their community action workshops for social change and are active participants in GPD's Black on Black Crime Task Force.
KACB has a long history of graffiti abatement. We encourage Alachua county residents and visitors to report graffiti to us at our website or at 352.371.9444. Through our program, sites are identified, owners' permission is sought and the vandalism is repaired. We are beginning steps to increase our cooperative efforts with GPD, ASO, and Code Enforcement as we continue to rely on our Graffiti Abatement Technician, student volunteers and Teen Court community service workers to decrease the incidence of this potentially hazardous blight. Come and join us for some interesting work towards helping the community.