Goochland Anti-Litter & Recycling Council

The Goochland Anti-Litter and Recycling Council (GARC) is a community organization made up of local residents interested in promoting and developing anti-litter and recycling programs throughout the county.

Our members are involved in educational activities and contests, road and river clean ups, and special recycling events. We have quarterly meetings each season.

If you would like to become a member, volunteer at one of below clean ups or recycling events, or just want to share an idea concerning litter or recycling, please contact Leigh Dunn at 804-556-5850 or via email.
Special Recycling Events
Various recycling events are held each year, such as:
  • Tire Amnesty Day  
  • Community Shred Events
  • E-cycling
  • Household Hazardous Waste

These events are typically held on a Saturday.  Notice of such events will be in the Goochland Gazette and on the Community Calendar.  Criteria for these events often includes the following:10 tire limit per person and participants must show proof of Goochland County residency.  Tires larger than those on an average sized pick-up truck will not be accepted.  There is a limit of 10 bankers boxes per person for document shredding.  Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed.   
Roadside Litter Pick Up
Many roadways in Goochland are in need of cleanup. The best and safest way to get involved is to adopt the roadway that affects your property. Volunteers agree to pick up litter 4 times a year for 2 years.

In return, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information, and highway signs that recognize your group. To get involved, call Debbie Montgomery, VDOT Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator, at 804-752-5511 to find out what roads are available for adoption.

If you are not interested in committing to the VDOT program, but would still like to engage in litter pickups at the local level, please call Leigh Dunn at 804-556-5850 to obtain litter bags, grabbers, and vests.
Event Recycling
The Goochland Anti-littering Recycling Council loans out temporary recycling bins to be used for local special events, festivals, or any large events that may generate a lot of recyclables.

These bins will be available to the community organizations free of charge. Event coordinators will be responsible for changing out the bags when full and taking the recyclables to a local convenience center.

Similar to Adopt-a-Highway, GARC is looking for community volunteer groups or businesses that would like to adopt a public spot.

Each group will be responsible for cleaning up your adopted spot 4 times a year and submitting a brief report about the clean up.

In return, your group’s name will be put on a sign displayed prominently at the park. In concert with this project, GARC is also developing a new logo to be used on the sign! The following spots are available for adoption: 

  • Central Recreation Complex
  • Goochland Sports Complex
  • Leakes Mill

James River Regional Clean Up
Mark your calendars for September 12, 2015! There are many volunteer opportunities for different ages and abilities- from paddling the river to roadway cleanups to assisting participants with registration. Pre-register for the clean up at
This is a great volunteer activity for families, civic organizations, businesses, youth groups, or anyone who is interested in cleaning up Goochland’s riverfront and roadways. 
The Goochland Anti-littering and Recycling Council (GARC) provides volunteer staff for this event at Tucker Park, located on Route 522. If you know of any specific river segments or streams in Goochland that are in need of litter clean up, please contact Leigh Dunn.

Goochland Sign Removal Program
This recently adopted program will enable citizens to pick up illegally placed signs within the VDOT right-of-way. Signs, typically advertisements, placed within the right-of-way are prohibited under state code.

These illegally placed signs can cause safety issues by reducing sight distances at intersections, create litter, and are aesthetically unpleasing.

Interested volunteers must first complete training and file an application for clean up before commencing sign removal. . In concert with this project, GARC is also developing a new logo to be used on the sign! The following spots are available for adoption

Adopt A Highway Logo
Recycle bin
Adopt a Spot Logo