Save Your Ink Cartridges


KFB has teamed up with TerraCycle® to collect and recycle all inkjet and select toner cartridges.  TerraCycle creates waste collection programs called Brigades for items that are typically difficult to recycle or not recyclable at all.  Points are awarded for each item collected and each point is worth $0.01.  Funds earned will be used to support beautification and litter prevention/cleanup activities which make Florence a better place to live, work, and visit.

Inkjet and toner cartridges can be dropped off at the Billy Jeffers Center at Timrod Park the third Wednesday of each month between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.  If that is not convenient, please contact a board member to arrange for pickup.  Anyone can participate in this project from individual to church, school, business, or community organization.  Download the TerraCycle Flyer for a list of accepted toner cartridges.

Florence County to hold Hazardous Household Waste Collections for Residents

Published Mar 25, 2013 –

Florence County will hold Hazardous Household Waste Collection days for residents as follows:

  • Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 10am – 4pm, in the old Wal-Mart parking lot, 230 Kelley Street in Lake City.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 10am – 4pm, in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot, 1611 South Irby Street, in Florence.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of hazardous items that are not typically accepted with your regular waste collection or at Florence County collection centers.  For details regarding items to be accepted, please read the event flyer in detail for Lake City or Florence.  

These  events are sponsored by the Florence County Local Emergency Planning Committee.  For questions, please contact the Florence County Emergency Management office at 843-665-7255. 

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Spring cleaning season is upon us !!!

The Florence County Local Emergency Planning Committee would like to encourage you to dispose of your waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way by hosting two hazardous household waste collection events.

April 13 in the old Wal-Mart Parking Lot on Kelley Street in Lake City.
April 20 in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot on Irby Street in Florence.

Both events will be open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Hazardous household waste include: oil based paints, gasoline, mercury containing items, outdated medicine, and pesticides. For more information, contact 843-665-7255. Thanks for putting toxic waste in its place!

HHW FLYER Florence 2013
View the Event Flyer

EVENT REMINDER:  Great American Cleanup March 23rd in Timrod Park…read more about this event .

2013 Great American Cleanup


Click on the links below:




Keep Florence Beautiful Supports Great American Cleanup

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Timrod Park
8AM – 12:30 PM

The Great American Cleanup will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013. Volunteers will be cleaning their designated areas of the community then meeting at Timrod Park in Florence, where teams turn in their clean up reports and enjoy a free lunch provided by Keep Florence Beautiful and its sponsors’…read more


Cardboard Now Accepted With City’s Curbside Recycling Collection

Effective January 25, 2013 the City of Florence will now accept cardboard with their curbside recycling program.  Please read their News Release for complete details and guidelines for cardboard collection.

If you have questions about your City of Florence Sanitation services, please conact the Public Works Department at (843) 665-3236, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.

Scrap Metal & e.Cycle

The City of Florence is holding its bi-annual residential scrap metal collection week for city residents during the week of October 22-26, 2012. For more information please contact 843.665.3236. KFB is partnering with the City to have a special e.Cycle Saturday October 27th. HDetails and Information will be released soon……for more information on e.cycle visit.

Plant Native

National Planting Day Logo

You can help plant natives on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 AM – Noon at Timrod Park in Florence.  Volunteers should meet at the large rain garden which is close to the playground.  If you have gloves and a shovel, please bring them with you if you don’t, we will have extra tools onsite.  For more information, contact Terasa Young at 843-661-4800 x 113 or  Click here to learn more about the National Planting Day Initiative.

September 8, 2012 marked the first ever National Planting Day hosted by Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates, and its partners.  National Planting Day was established to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

Native plants are very important for attracting specialized pollinators which lead to the production of food for birds and ultimately many more animals higher up on the food chain.  Native plants also provide wildlife habitat.  As an added bonus, they tend to have lower maintenance, fertilizer, and water requirements making them easier to care for.

Planting Seeds & The Oct 27th Downtown Cleanup

My 5yro and I spent about an hour pulling weeds (mostly crab grass) at The KFB Cultural Garden this morning. I had a great time with her as we chatted about her first week of kindergarten at Briggs and about how God created the plants that makeup the Carolina Fence Garden on S. Dargan Street in downtown Florence. I demonstrated for her how the rain garden and the permeable pavers help with storm water runoff and reduce pollution in our city. At her age she doesn’t really get all that – like our garden I am just planting a seed – but she did say that the rain barrels were pretty (and they are!) 🙂

Afterward we decided to walk through the gardens we helped with at The City County Complex. We chased some of the eastern tiger swallowtails, she was upset that we couldn’t catch them and take them home. When I explained to her that these butterflies have made this their home because they like the flowers she helped plant she agreed that we don’t want to take them from their homes. There wasn’t any work to be done because the City does a great job at maintaining those beds for us, but we enjoyed walking through the area and reminiscing about all of the fun we had while we were working on that project. She eventually got bored and said that was ready to go home to her iPad, but I love that she takes such pride in the work we have done our community and I enjoy the time we spend together maintaining the green spaces and gardens we’ve helped create. I look forward to seeing her grow more and more with a sense of community and pride for our city.

Our next project is one of our annual cleanup events, and one of the first projects that my family participated in with Keep Florence Beautiful back in 2010… the Magic City Pride Downtown Cleanup. My older children still proudly wear their ‘I Believe in Downtown Florence’ T-shirts 🙂 – the Florence Morning News covered the event here. This year’s cleanup will be held on October 27th, 2012; the weekend before the SC Pecan Festival. As one of the hosts for the festival the City of Florence puts a lot of work into prepping our city for this event, an event that brings people from all over the southeast to enjoy our area. The KFB board decided to plan this years cleanup just before the festival so that we can help clean things up and prep our city for visitors. If you are interested in helping volunteer for this event or if you or family want to get involved with the Keep Florence Beautiful organization please email us at We will also place more info here on our website and in our facebook group as plans progress.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Tara Durden
Keep Florence Beautiful Board Member