Marion County Solid Waste wants to see less trash on the roadways, and I'm sure you do, too. Even cigarette butts count as litter. State law and county ordinance prohibit citizens from “dumping litter in any manner or amount.” (FL State Statutes 403.413)
Here are five ways you can help control litter:
Adopt!Participate in the Adopt-A-Road program and clean up litter on county-maintained roadways.
If you were provided trash bags, protective equipment, safety items and your very own road sign, would you help clean up the litter along just two miles of roadway?
Approximately 40 groups and organizations a year do just that by participating in Solid Waste’s Adopt-a-Road Program.
Members of church groups, Scout troops and community organizations participate by picking up litter along their adopted roadway four times a year, accounting for approximately 80 miles of clean, county-maintained roadway.
Register your group here.
Out the window.
Accumulate trash while driving? Use a litter bag; bags are available free from Marion County Solid Waste.
Secure your load.
Don’t transport trash or yard debris that could fall out as you’re driving. Unsecured loads contribute to litter on our roads.
Signs, signs, everywhere signs.
Don’t place signs in county right-of-ways.
Toss trash legally.
Marion County operates 21 locations where trash can be disposed. These are supported by assessment on unincorporated properties. Not an assessed resident? You can purchase a Non-Assessed Resident Permit to use our centers.
Solid Waste partners with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Lowell State Prison to staff “litter crews” with inmates and probationers to clean county rights-of-way seven days a week. An average of 40-60 probationers pick up litter on weekends alone.