The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University

Etowah County Extension Office


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is a state government agency charged with the enforcement of environmental policy in the U.S. state of Alabama.

Permitting and Guidance


Alabama People Against A Littered State (ALPALS) is a statewide organization dedicated to making our state more beautiful by sponsoring programs focused on cleaning up litter in Alabama’s streets, streams, campuses, and coastlines.

Through education and annual anti-littering campaigns ALPALS has partnered with Alabama counties, cities, communities, schools, and other organizations to enhance the Alabama environment by preventing littering and picking up litter.  Since 1987, Alabama PALS and our valued partners have created, maintained and implemented successful statewide litter prevention programs that have improved and beautified each and every corner of our great state.

As part of the caring community, ALPALS invites you, your county, municipality, civic group, volunteers, neighborhoods, schools, church groups and all groups and individuals to join in keeping Alabama beautiful.   Preventing litter, participating in one or all of the many statewide programs offered through the PALS statewide organization, and becoming a member of ALPALS are all ways your group can make a difference.  The strength and success of Alabama PALS comes through the support, dedication, and involvement of our thousands of statewide volunteers, and we truly believe that there is nothing so special and dedicated as the “Heart of a Volunteer.”


ALPALS – Adopt-A-Mile


The Environmental/Agriculture Unit of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is authorized to deal with environmental issues such as illegal dumping.

Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Environmental/Agriculture Unit


Gadsden Recycles collects a variety of materials that can be recycled rather than sent to the landfill. It is open to the residents, as well as from businesses, of Etowah County. Cardboard, newspaper, some metals, aluminum, and electronics are all accepted.  They also maintain trailers at locations all over the city that accept cardboard for recycling.

Gadsden Recycles


The purpose of the organization is to educate the public in order to change attitudes and behavior about litter and to stimulate community enhancement. Keep Etowah Beautiful is the driving force behind Renew our Rivers, The Great American Clean-Up, Message In A Bottle and the Etowah County Water Festival.

Keep Etowah Beautiful


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the USDA agency which works at the local level to help people conserve all natural resources on private lands.

Gadsden Service Center
Natural Resources Conservation Service
(256) 546-2336 Ext. 3928

Physical Address
312 S 3Rd St
Gadsden, AL 35901-5209

Walter Jones

NRCS Alabama


Renew Our Rivers is a national award-winning campaign originated by Alabama Power in 2000 that has since grown into community cleanups on rivers, lakes and creeks across four Southeastern states. Since its start, thousands of volunteers have removed more than 13.5 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways. Typically, more than 30 community cleanups take place every year in Alabama. View the Renew our Rivers Schedule at the button below and email MBCLELLA@southernco.com for more information or to join a cleanup.

Renew Our Rivers – Alabama Power