Community Outreach & Volunteering

The Solid Waste Division is committed to educating students and residents in St. Johns County about the importance of recycling, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. We provide presentations for schools and HOAs as well as facility tours for classes and groups. Through community events and outreach initiatives, we hope to increase awareness about the impacts our actions have on the environment and the role we can all play in protecting it.

Meet our Mascot!

Captain Reducio

A Message from Captain Reducio

Ahoy Mateys! I’m Captain Reducio, the newest buccaneer to the crew here at the St. Johns County Solid Waste Division.

Years ago, I embarked on a perilous voyage, crossing the seven seas, as I followed the turbulent waste stream on my boat, the “Steward Ship.”

I’ve been in search of a long lost treasure chest that contains the secrets of how to live sustainably

On my quest, I battled the Marine Debris Sea Monster and teamed up with Commodore Compost to fight a rogue fleet of food waste.

My map then led me to the Cove of Single-Use Plastics, where I was attacked by the ghost ship, “Poly Styrene;” skippered by the Sinister Captain Straw and crewed by the spirits of undead plastic bags and bottles that never decompose. Shiver me Timbers!

But using the power of the 3 Arrrrs!!! “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle,” I can beat these scallywags and continue on my expedition; so I can find the chest, unlock the secrets, and break the Curse of Contamination! But I can’t do it alone.

So, join me in this effort by making sure we all Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Right, savvy?! …or ye be walking the plank! Hahahahaha

Schedule Captain Reducio for Your Event!

Capt. Reducio loves to meet students and residents to promote recycling efforts in St. Johns County. If you’d like to schedule him for your school or community event, please contact us at solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

Captain Reducio’s Story

Solid Waste Mascot “Captain Reducio” Backstory YouTube video.

American Flag Rescue Program

Retire Your Flags

American Flag Rescue Program drop box

The American Flag Rescue Program was founded in 2019 by Chris Benjamin of the St. Johns County Solid Waste Division. This program provides residents with the opportunity to properly retire flags with honor and respect. 

American Flag Drop Boxes are available to the public at over 25 locations throughout St. Johns County.

American Flag Drop Box Locations

Local Government
  • City of St. Augustine Beach City Hall
    2200 A1A South
    St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
  • St. Johns County Utility Dept.
    1205 State Road 16
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Supervisor of Elections
    4455 Avenue A, Ste. 101
    St. Augustine, FL 32095
Transfer Stations
  • Tillman Ridge Transfer Station Scale House
    3005 Allen Nease Rd.
    Elkton, FL 32033
  • Stratton Road Transfer Station Scale House
    250 North Stratton Rd.
    St. Augustine, FL 32095
St. Johns County Libraries
  • Anastasia Island Branch Library
    124 Sea Grove Main St.
    St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
  • Bartram Trail Branch Library
    60 Davis Pond Blvd.
    Fruit Cove, FL 32259
  • Hastings Branch Library
    6195 South Main St.
    Hastings, FL 32145
  • Main Branch Library
    1950 North Ponce De Leon Blvd.
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library
    101 Library Blvd.
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
  • Southeast Branch Library
    6670 U.S. 1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
Tax Collector Offices
  • Main Office
    4020 Lewis Speedway
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • St. Johns Office
    725 Flora Branch Rd.
    St. Johns, FL 32259
  • Southeast Office
    6670 U.S. 1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
  • Ponte Vedra Beach Office
    151 Sawgrass Corners Dr.
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Ace Hardware
  • Turner Ace Hardware
    150 San Marco Ave.
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Hagan Ace Hardware – A1A
    3033 A1A South
    St. Augustine, FL 32080
  • Hagan Ace Hardware – US 1
    3050 US Highway 1
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
  • Cronin Ace Hardware – St. Johns
    2843 County Road 210
    St. Johns, FL 32259
  • Cronin Ace Hardware – US 1
    10870 US Highway 1 North, Site 116
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081
  • Proctor Ace Hardware
    870 A1A North
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Additional Locations
  • Trout Creek Community Center
    6795 Collier Rd
    St. Augustine, FL 32092
  • TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse
    110 Championship Way
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
  • VFW Post 2391
    6184 US 1
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
  • Alpha Omega Thrift Store
    525 SR 16, #121
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Tractor Supply Company
    3345 US 1
    St. Augustine, FL 32086

Volunteer Opportunities

Join Our Volunteer Team!

We believe that change starts with us. That is why we are committed to educating students and residents of St. Johns County about the importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship. We offer school presentations, facility tours, and participate in community events with the goal of increasing awareness about solid waste management and the importance of recycling. As one of the fastest growing counties in the country, we rely on a dedicated staff of volunteers to help us with these outreach efforts.

Typical volunteer opportunities include:

  • Classroom Presentation
  • Community Events
  • Facility Tours
  • Clean-up Events
  • Outreach Videos

If you are interested in joining the team and helping us make a difference here in St. Johns County, please contact us at solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

Recycling Resource Program

Recycling begins at home and spreads outward across our communities. Your experience and familiarity with your own neighborhood is a powerful asset to help educate friends and neighbors about our recycling program.

St. Johns County is assembling a network of volunteers to form a Recycling Resource Team. These volunteers will serve as liaisons in their communities and provide the latest recycling news and information. The goal will be to improve recycling efficiency through awareness and education. With a better understanding of our program, we can dispel recycling myths and eliminate “Wish-cycling” and contamination.

Become a Recycling Resource Ambassador!

If you’re interested in joining the team and becoming a Recycling Resource Ambassador for your community, please contact us at solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

You are the key that can unlock a better future through recycling!

Adopt-A-Road Program

The St. Johns County Adopt-A-Road program is a litter prevention campaign designed to remove unsightly litter and debris from county roads and improve the quality of the environment. This program is not only directed to benefit the community, but it enables citizens to make a positive impact by demonstrating their pride in keeping St. Johns County beautiful.

girl picking up litter with a safety vest, pickers, and a trash bag

This program owes its popularity and success to its many dedicated volunteers. By working together, we build a sense of community pride, which in turn leads to a cleaner and safer place to live. When we build a sense of community, we are building a better tomorrow.

Who Can Adopt A Road?

  • Citizen volunteers
  • Business
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Neighborhood groups
  • Civic Organization
Guidelines to Adopt-A-Road

How-To

1
Decide Which Road to Adopt

Since you will be checking your road periodically, we suggest selecting a location near your home, school or business. Otherwise, St. Johns County can suggest suitable roads. Determine how many people will be needed to adopt the road, whether it is a safe and accessible area to pick up litter and if there is sufficient parking, etc. (Must be at least one mile in length.)

2
Contact Us and Take Action

Contact our office to confirm your road section and participation in the Adopt-a-Road Program by completing an “Adopt A Road” Litter Removal Agreement to adopt the roadway.

3
Clean Up!

Participants are provided with garbage bags and supplies for clean-up days. In addition, each adopted section of road will be marked with a sign with your group’s name to receive recognition for the group’s community contribution. We will order your signs and have them installed at the proper locations.

4
Share Your Results and Fill Out a Post Clean-up Report

When the cleanups are completed, the group will fill out a Post Clean Up Report and place all trash collected at the base of their road sign. Please arrange for the removal of the filled garbage bags by contacting the Solid Waste Division. If you have trash/ debris that are too large, heavy, or hazardous for your group to remove, let us know in the Post-Cleanup Report.

Educational Programs & Community Presentations

Contact us to schedule a tour, presentation, or a visit from Captain Reducio!

Facility Tour
St. Johns County Solid Waste Division provides facility tours to individuals, families, and groups throughout the county (including schools, businesses, and government agencies). Learn firsthand about the closed landfill, transfer station operations, and the processing of garbage and recycling after it is collected at the curb. Schedule a tour or request a presentation at our education center.

School Presentations
We believe change starts with the next generation. That’s why we’re committed to educating St. Johns County students about the importance of environmental stewardship. The Solid Waste Division offers several educational presentations that focus on reducing waste, litter prevention, and providing students with a more in-depth understanding of our recycling program. Presentations are offered to classes and school assemblies for grades K-12.

Captain Reducio!

Capt. Reducio loves to meet students and residents to promote recycling efforts in St. Johns County. If you’d like to schedule him for your school or community event, please contact us at solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

Community Groups & HOAs
We offer support to county residents through public education and community engagement by providing instructional videos and short presentations on garbage, recycling, and yard waste services. Request a Solid Waste representative to attend your HOA or neighborhood group meeting.

Events

In an effort to protect our environment, St. Johns County offers seasonal community collection days. These are opportunities for county residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, chemicals and rechargeable batteries free of charge.

Resources