Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide

The Recycling Resource Guide is an informational directory to assist residents and businesses with finding local options to recycle, donate, compost, resell, repair, and properly dispose of various unwanted materials.

About this Guide

Be sure to confirm with drop-off locations prior to arriving to verify site location, materials accepted, and hours of operation. This guide was compiled as an informational service to our residents and does not imply an endorsement or approval by the City of Gainesville. All businesses and organizations listed in this guide are responsible for complying with all applicable local, state, and federal laws pertaining to recycling, waste disposal, and environmental protection. Most items listed are accepted for recycling for free at drop-off sites; however, fees may apply for the disposal of other items at private facilities and for commercially generated waste.

Absorbents (oil & motor fluids)

Materials used to absorb (soak up) oil, absorbent pads, cat litter, oil rags, sawdust

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Absorbent materials used to absorb or soak up motor oil or fluids need to be properly disposed of in the same way as the oil or fluid itself.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Disposal: Absorbents such as paper towels used to soak up cooking oil are not hazardous waste and can be disposed of with garbage. Be sure to bag absorbent material before placing it in a waste collection container.

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Acids

hydrofluoric acid, rust removers, cleaners, stain removers, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

orange background warning acid signPublic Drop-off Locations: Household Hazardous Waste is accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Aerosol Cans (non-toxic)

hair spray can, cooking spray bottle, air freshener can, sunblock spray bottle

Aerosol cans must be fully emptied before placing in recycling

various aerosol spray cansAccepted for Recycling (remove and discard plastic caps, nozzles affixed to cans can be left on)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

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Aerosol Cans (toxic)

spray paint cans, bug spray cans, spray adhesives cans

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

aerosol spray paint canPublic Drop-off Locations: Full or partially full aerosol can products such as pesticides, adhesives, or spray paint are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Air Pillows (plastic)

plastic packaging air pillows

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

clear and green plastic packaging air pillowsReuse: Save this material until you next need to ship a package

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Aluminum Bottles & Cans

used beverage cans, soda cans, beer cans, energy drink cans

Did you know?

It takes 90% less energy to manufacture an aluminum can from recycled aluminum than from raw aluminum ore.

various aluminum bottles and cansAccepted for Recycling (remove caps)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO aluminum foil, pie pans or trays

 

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

Sell: Local locations that pay for recycled aluminum cans

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Aluminum Foil & Pans

foil wrap, Reynolds wrap, pie plates, chafing pans

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Aluminum foil is too often food contaminated for recycling and is a lighter weight material than aluminum cans, which limits its marketability.

aluminum foil wrap on a roll, aluminum pie pan, and a large aluminum trayDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Donate: Clean pie tins are accepted for reuse at

Sell: Local locations that pay for recycled aluminum cans

Antifreeze

Antifreeze, coolant, radiator fluid, ethylene glycol

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Do NOT leave puddles of antifreeze on pavement or unattended buckets of antifreeze as it poses a serious health hazard to children and pets.

yellow plastic jug of antifreezePublic Drop-off Locations: Full or partially full containers of antifreeze are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Appliances (non-working)

stoves, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters

Avoid having to set out appliances for collection by arranging for used appliances to be hauled away by the same company when new appliances are delivered.

old yellow refrigerator, white front load washer and a microwave ovenResidential Collection By Appointment: Residents of the City of Gainesville with City Solid Waste Division collection services are eligible for the FREE collection and recycling of household appliances.

To make an appliance collection appointment in the City of Gainesville:

Public Drop-off Locations: Non-refrigerant residential household generated appliances are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station

Public Drop-off Locations: Refrigerant (refrigerators, freezers, A/C’s) residential household generated appliances are accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station (FEES MAY APPLY)

Commercial & Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts non-refrigerant household appliances for recycling at

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Appliances (working)

stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, toaster ovens

stainless steel metal gas stoveSell: Appliances in good working condition can be sold through online marketplace applications

Donate: Local charities that accept appliances in good working condition

Art & Craft Supplies

art glue, glue sticks, art paints, painting sets, scissors, crayons, coloring pencils, paint brushes, tempera paint, baskets

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

coloring pencils, kid scissors beads, water color paint set, chalk, paper notebookDonate: Accepted for reuse at

Asbestos

insulation, shingles, siding, linoleum flooring, fireproof items

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

cutaway of an asbestos roof layerContact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 904-256-1700 for information on proper asbestos removal and disposal.

 

Asbestos Testing Services: for a fee

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts properly prepared asbestos material for disposal

Asbestos Removal Services: for a fee

Asphalt

asphalt waste, tar road waste

pile of black asphalt rockPrivate Drop-off Locations: Accepts asphalt for recycling at

Auto Parts (used)

scrap metal, motors, engine parts, radiator, cars, trucks, junk cars, old trucks, old cars, junk trucks, wheels

Not accepted for recycling curbside

used auto partsSell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

 

Barrels (drums)

Large round metal, plastic or cardboard drums used to store liquids

round blue plastic barrelPublic Drop-off Locations: Full or partially full barrels of oil or chemicals are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Local locations that pay for clean, empty metal barrels (call first)

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Bases (alkalines)

alkali, caustic soda, sodium hydroxide , cleaners, drain cleaners, ammonia, lime, calcium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, chlorine, bleach

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Household Hazardous Waste is accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Bathtubs & Sinks (metal)

metal bathtubs, metal sinks

silver metal sinkSell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

Donate: Accepted for reuse at

  • The Repurpose Project, 1920 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-363-8902 (donations by appointment)

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Stations

 

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

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Batteries (button cell)

small, round batteries used in hearing aids, calculators, cameras, laser pointers, watches, zinc-air button batteries, coin sized batteries

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

circular chrome colored button batteriesPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Batteries (car)

lead-acid batteries used in cars, trucks, boats, scooters, wheelchairs, golf carts, lawnmowers, riding toys

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

car batteriesPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, 3318 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-872-5920 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Battery Land, 1535 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-213-5815 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Battery Source, 4811 SW 34th Ter., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-377-9191 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Interstate Battery, 2442 NW 66th Ct., Gainesville, FL 32653, 352-372-0133 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Advance Auto Parts, 6 locations in the Gainesville area (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • AutoZone, 3 locations in the Gainesville area (FEES MAY APPLY)
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Batteries (household)

AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, dry-cell

household batteriesPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Disposal:  This material is safe to place in your trash.

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Batteries (rechargeable)

Rechargeable batteries used in cell phones, cordless phones, two-way radios, laptops, tablets, power tools, toys, cameras, camcorders, bar code scanners, Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-ion (Li-Ion). Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly)

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

black square rechargeable batteryPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Most cellular phone stores, large retail stores, and many other locations. Visit Call2Recycle.org to find the closest rechargeable battery drop-off location to you

 

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, 3318 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-872-5920 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Battery Land, 1535 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-213-5815 (FEES MAY APPLY)
  • Battery Source, 4811 SW 34th Ter., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-377-9191 (FEES MAY APPLY)

 

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Bicycles (non-motorized)

bicycles, tricycles, unicycles

old bicycleRepair: Bicycles can be repaired at

  • Bikes and More, 2133 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-373-6574
  • Chain Reaction Bicycles, 1630 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603, 352-373-4052
  • Gator Cycle, 1700 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-373-3962
  • Super Cool Bike Shop, 3460 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607, 352-371-2453
  • Re-Bike, 16 NW 18th St. #115, Gainesville, FL 32603, 352-257-1813
  • Recycled Bicycles, 17 NW 8th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 372-4890
  • The Freewheel Project, 618 S. Main St. #A, Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-378-2100
  • Trailside Bikeshop, 210 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-327-3727

Donate: Bicycles in good condition or only needing small repairs are accepted for reuse at

Boats

bass boats, runabouts, pontoon boats, skiffs, sailboats, speedboats, fishing boats, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Sell: Boats in good working condition can be sold through online marketplace applications

Sell: Local locations that pay for metal boats

  • CMC Recyling, 1508 NW 55th Place #2111, Gainesville, FL 32653, 352-375-0224

Disposal: Accepted for disposal at

Books (hardback)

textbooks, hardcover books

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

stack of five hardcover booksSell: Used textbooks and other hardcover books can be sold through online marketplace applications

Sell: Local locations that pay for used books

Donate: Books in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Recycle: Accepts hardback (hard-bound) books for recycling (FEES MAY APPLY TO COVER EXTRA LABOR TO CUT SPINES OFF)

Books (paperback)

softcover books, softback books, manuals, trade books

rows of paperback bookAccepted for Recycling:

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO hardback or hardcover books

Sell: Local locations that pay for used books

Donate: Books in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Bras

regular bras, sports bras, mastectomy bras

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Ship/Mail: Accepts bras for recycling. No mailing costs.

Brita Water Bottles & Filters

Brita products such as water filters, pitchers, dispensers and bottles

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Ship/Mail: Accepts Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, and bottles for recycling

  • Brita – only Brita products

Bubble Wrap

plastic packaging bubble wrap, popping paper

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

white sheet of plastic bubble wrapReuse: Save this material until you next need to ship a package

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Building Materials (home interior waste)

Flooring, doors, electrical fixtures, plumbing, lumber, lighting fixtures, windows, paneling, plasterboards, carpeting, toilets, sinks, cabinets, shower doors, mirrors, glass tabletops

Residents with City of Gainesville Curbside Service may setout interior remodeling waste generated from "Do-It-Yourself" projects for weekly bulk item collection. No more than 2 cubic yards per week, no pieces longer than 5 feet in length or no piece weighing more than 40 pounds. Smaller interior remodeling debris pieces such as broken tiles and wood scraps must be set out in personal reusable containers weighing no more than 40 pounds per container.

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed.

Donate: Interior building materials in good condition such as flooring, doors, fixtures, cabinets, and furniture) are accepted for reuse at

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Buttons & Sewing Supplies

clothes buttons, sewing needles, sewing thread

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

sewing supplies, buttons, thread, measuring tapeDonate: Accepted for reuse at

Cables and Cords

phone cables, charger cords, power cords, computer cables, ethernet cables, USB cables, network cables

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

blue computer cablePublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Used electronic items in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO detectors

Did you know?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of any fuel that contains carbon such as natural gas, oil, propane, coal, and wood products. At home, sources of carbon monoxide include gas- and oil-burning appliances such as furnaces, dryers, water heaters, ovens, wood-burning stoves, charcoal grills, and automobiles.

First Alert carbon monoxide alarmDisposal: This material is safe to dispose of in the garbage

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Cardboard (corrugated)

shipping boxes, moving boxes, appliance boxes

Did you know?

Over 90% of all products shipped in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes, which totals more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard.

flattened cardboard boxesAccepted for Recycling (flatten boxes into pieces no larger than 4 ft. by 4 ft. and remove any plastic film or plastic packing material)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO boxes with food residue, such as greasy pizza boxes

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Carpeting & Carpet Pads

floor covering, padding, remnants, rugs

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed

Carpeting must be set out in rolls, and each roll can be no longer than 5 feet in length or weighing more than 40 pounds.

roll of red carpetDisposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations:  Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Donate: Large new carpet remnants are accepted for reuse at

Donate: Carpet squares are accepted for reuse at

 

 

Cartons (beverage, soup)

Shelf-stable Tetra Pak & Gable-top containers used to store milk, juice, soup, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, broth, protein drinks, aseptic, drink box

Did you know?

Paper, plastic, and aluminum are layered together to make cartons. A typical shelf-stable carton averages 74% paper, 22% plastic, and 4% aluminum.

various types of beverage cartonsAccepted for Recycling (rinse out and discard caps)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO pouches or straws

NO take-out containers

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

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Catheters (tubing)

tubular medical devices used for injection or withdrawal of fluids

- Rinse items with bleach and bag for disposal

catheter tubingDisposal: This material is safe to dispose of in the garbage.

Cell Phones

mobile phones, smartphones, flip phones, i-Phones, Blackberry, Android, Samsung, Galaxy

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

smart phonePublic Drop off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Most cellular phone stores, large retail stores, and many other locations
  • Visit Call2Recycle.org to find the closest drop-off location to you

Sell: Used cellular phones in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Repair: Cell phones can be repaired for a fee at

  • uBreakiFix, 3333 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-505-6834
  • Orange Phone Care, 4110 SW 34th St. #8, Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-519-5848
  • We Fix It Phone Repair, 3318 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-872-5920 (located inside Batteries Plus Bulbs)

 

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Chemical Waste (hazardous)

cleaners, fertilizers, Freon, furniture polishes, lead, mercury thermometer, thermostats, mothballs, nail polishes, solvents, stains, turpentine, wood preservatives, preservatives, antifreeze, brake fluids, transmission fluids, fertilizers, fungicides, gasoline, kerosene, herbicides, insecticides, lighter fluids, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals, spa chemicals, weed killers, round-up

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

PROPER HANDLING OF CHEMICALS

1. In case of spills, dilute with water, or soak up with newspaper. Put into a plastic bag.
2. Keep chemicals in original containers if possible. Be sure the chemicals are labeled.
3. Do not mix chemicals.
4. Place containers in cardboard boxes. Use crumpled newspaper in boxes to prevent breakage.
5. Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags and transport in boxes with newspaper.
6. Put boxes in the trunk of a car or bed of a truck away from passengers.

yellow background danger poison sign with skull and crossbonesPublic Drop-off Location: Chemical waste and toxic materials are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Christmas Trees (artificial)

fake or plastic trees

artificial Christmas treeDisposal: Residential household generated waste for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Collection Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Christmas Trees (natural)

natural or real holiday trees, fir trees, spruce trees

Did you know?

The average 6 to 7 foot Christmas tree takes between eight and ten years to grow.

Christmas tree set out for collection after the holidays are overCurbside Yard Waste Collection: Place out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day. Be sure to remove all decorations and lights.

NO plastic bags

NO flocked or spray-painted trees

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations
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Cling Wrap & Overwrap (plastic)

Clean and dry cling wrap and #2 and #4 soft plastics, plastic overwrap from toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels, and shipping cases

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Clothes Hangers

plastic, wire or wooden clothes hangers, coat hangers

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

wooden, plastic and metal clothes hangersReuse: Many dry cleaners will take back their own hangers for reuse

Donate: Many local charities accept hangers for reuse

Recycle: Large volumes of metal coat hangers can be recycled as scrap metal at

Clothing (textiles)

clothes, fabrics, pants, shirts, outfits, suits, bras, t-shirts

Not accepted for recycling curbside

stack of clothes for donationDonate: Clothing in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Sell: Local locations that pay for used clothing

Coffee Cups (paper & foam)

to-go coffee cups

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

tan coffee cup with with white plastic lidDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

fluorescent bulb, lights, lamp, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

compact fluorescent light bulbPublic Drop-off Locations: Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

Private Drop-off Locations: Fluorescent Light bulbs (tubes, lights, CFLs) are accepted for recycling at

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) are accepted for recycling at

  • Home Depot stores, 2 Gainesville area location
  • Lowes stores, 2 Gainesville area locations
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Computers

CPUS, computers, monitors, laptops, cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, cell phone, televisions, GPS unit, photocopiers, radio, stereos, telephones, video game consoles

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

old computer, monitor, and keyboardPublic Drop off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Used electronic items in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Residential Collection By Appointment: Residents of the City of Gainesville with City Solid Waste Division collection services are eligible for the FREE collection and recycling of electronic items.

To make an Electronics Recycling collection appointment in the City of Gainesville:

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Concrete

concrete waste, cement blocks

gray concrete blockPrivate Drop-off Locations: Accepts concrete for recycling at

Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D)

construction and demolition materials, asphalt, bricks, concrete, flooring, doors, plumbing, lumber, fixtures, lighting, windows, cabinets, paneling, boards, drywall, HVAC, carpeting, tile, laminates, gravel, rocks, sand, dirt

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed.

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts construction and demolition materials for disposal at

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts concrete and asphalt for recycling at

Removal: Local commercial service providers licensed to construction and demolition roll-off collection services in the City of Gainesville for a fee

Cooking Oil

cooking oil, grease, vegetable oil, peanut oil, fryer oil, deep fry oil

warning - special handling required

Never pour grease or oil down the drain as it will clog your sewer lines

bottle of original frying oilResidential disposal:

  • Pour grease or oil into a metal container such as an empty soup can. Do NOT pour hot grease into plastic or glass containers.
  • After the grease has cooled and solidified, bag the can filled with grease.
  • Place the bag in your regular trash container.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Restaurants are required to contract with private companies for the proper disposal of kitchen grease and cooking oil.

Business Disposal Services: for a fee

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Copper

scrap metal, plumbing pipes

Not accepted for recycling curbside

bent and used copper pipingSell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

 

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Stations
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Corks (wine corks)

wine corks, natural corks, plastic corks

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

various wine corks stack in a pileDonate: Accepted for reuse at

  • The Repurpose Project, 1920 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-363-8902 (donations by appointment)

Cylinders & Tanks (flammable)

propane tanks, camping tanks, butane tanks, heating oil tanks, fuel tanks, cooking stove tanks, tank, BBQ grill tanks, heating tanks, natural gas tanks, turkey fryer tanks

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

hazmat red triangle flammable label signReuse: Most gas grill cooking tanks can be refilled and exchanged for full tanks at propane refilling distributors and retail propane outlets.

Public Drop-off Locations: Small cylinders and tanks (up to 1 pound in size) and gas grill tanks (2 to 20 pounds in size) are accepted at 

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Disposal: To remove commercial heating tanks for a fee call

 

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Cylinders & Tanks (nonflammable)

pressurized air, compressed air, scuba tanks, diving tanks

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

yellow pressurized gas tankReuse: Return empty oxygen tanks to the company that made it. The name of the company should be stamped or printed on the tank.

Public Drop-off Locations: Cylinders and tanks are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Dead Animals (report)

dead domestic or wild animals, animal carcass

warning - special handling required

Do NOT dispose of dead animals in residential or commercial garbage containers.
Use caution when handling or transporting dead animals. Be sure to wear protective clothing and gloves.

highway road sign for Florida 222Report: Dead animals located on the roadside or public right-of-way call

  • State Roads/Highways – Florida Department of Transportation, 352-381-4300
  • County Roads – Alachua County Road & Bridges, 352-548-1215
  • City Streets – City of Gainesville Solid Waste Division, 352-334-2330

Disposal: Domestic or wild animals on private property call for a fee

Dirt

uncontaminated and contaminated fill dirt, sand, soil

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

pile of dark brown dirtPrivate Drop-off Locations: Accepts uncontaminated dirt for disposal at

Soil Testing Services: for a fee

Dishware

dishes, plates, tableware, China

Not accepted for recycling curbside

drinking classDonate: Unbroken household dishware in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Disposal: Broken dishware can be disposed of in your regular garbage container. Be sure to place broken pieces in a bag before placing them in your garbage.

Drink Pouches

juice pouches, drinking pouches, squeezable pouches, baby food pouches, apple sauce pouches, Go Gurts type pouches, Capri Suns type pouches

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

various non-recyclable drink pouchesDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Dry Cleaner Bags (plastic)

plastic film

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

clothes in clear plastic dry cleaner bags on a rackPublic/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Egg Cartons (clear plastic)

plastic egg cartons

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

clear plastic egg cartonReuse Options:

  • Break into small pieces and use as packing material
  • Use as a seed start by planting seeds in molded cups
  • Use as a paint palette for children’s paints
  • Store small doll toys or game pieces
  • Use as a “boot tree” to boots keep their shape
  • Store a dozen golf balls
  • Use as a drawer organizer for small items, such as jewelry, buttons or paper clips

Egg Cartons (foam)

Styrofoam egg cartons

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

yellow foam egg cartonPublic/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

Reuse Options:

  • Break into small pieces and use as packing material
  • Use as a seed start by planting seeds in molded cups
  • Use as a paint palette for children’s paints
  • Store small doll toys or game pieces
  • Use as a “boot tree” to boots keep their shape
  • Store a dozen golf balls
  • Use as a drawer organizer for small items, such as jewelry, buttons or paper clips

Egg Cartons (paper)

molded paperboard containers

grey paper egg cartonAccepted for Recycling (remove eggs)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 Locations
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Electronics

CPUs, computers, monitors, laptops, cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, cell phone, televisions, GPS unit, photocopiers, radio, stereos, telephones, video game consoles

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

computer system with monitor, old television and a video game consolePublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Used electronic items in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Residential Collection By Appointment: Residents of the City of Gainesville with City Solid Waste Division collection services are eligible for the FREE collection and recycling of electronic items.

To make an Electronics Recycling collection appointment in the City of Gainesville:

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Explosives

fireworks, TNT, ammo, ammunition, flares, flare guns, signaling devices, grenades

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Emergency: Call 911

Non-emergency: Call City’s of Gainesville’s Communications, 352-955-1818

Public Drop-off: Fireworks, flares, and flare guns are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Eyeglasses

prescription eyeglasses, over-the-counter eyeglasses, specs, bifocals, trifocals, cheaters, reading glasses, sunglasses, shades

brown pair of eyeglassesDonate: Gently used prescription glasses are accepted for reuse at

Fabric

rolls of fabric, fabric pieces

Not accepted for recycling curbside

stacks of brightly colored folded pieces of fabricDonate: Accepted for reuse at

Fences/Fencing

metal, chain link, wood, or plastic fence material

Donate: Fencing material in good condition are accepted for reuse at

  • Total Home (formerly ReUser Building Products), 904 N. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-379-4600

Sell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

Private Drop-off Locations: Accept for disposal at

Fiberglass (insulation)

insulation, glass wood, pink insulation rolls

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed

Residents with City of Gainesville Curbside Service may setout interior remodeling waste generated from "Do-It-Yourself" projects for weekly bulk item collection. No more than 2 cubic yards per week, no pieces longer than 5 feet in length or no piece weighing more than 40 pounds. Smaller interior remodeling debris pieces such as broken tiles and wood scraps must be set out in personal reusable containers weighing no more than 40 pounds per container.

roll of pink insulationDisposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Residential household generated fiberglass insulation material is accepted at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Limit of one level truckload of fiberglass insulation per day

Commercial & Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts fiberglass insulation for disposal at

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Filters (air conditioning)

ac filters

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

ac air filterDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Fire Extinguishers

portable fire suppression devices, A, B, C, D

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

red fire extinguisherPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Private Services: Recharge and safe disposal of fire extinguishers for a fee

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Fireworks

small explosives devices, firecrackers, pyrotechnics, bottle rockets, Roman candles, fire flowers

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Fireworks are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Flags

United States flags, American flags, USA flag, Stars and Stripes

Did you know?

Congress adopted the Stars & Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777. The first official version of the flag displayed 13 stripes and 13 stars, for the 13 original colonies.

american flagDisposal: For information on the proper disposal of a United States of America flag visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

More info: If your flag is no longer serviceable, the preferred method of disposal is in a formal flag retirement ceremony where the flag is incinerated. It is also acceptable for individuals to seal an old flag in a box or bag and bury it, or burn it in a respectful ceremony.  Flag Day (June 14) is a popular date for many service organizations, including the American Legion and Boy Scouts, to collect worn flags and conduct flag retirement ceremonies.

If your flag is dirty or dingy, washing it may save it from early retirement. Washing flags is not prohibited and in fact, washing your flag on a regular basis can prolong its life. Most outdoor flags can be hand washed with a mild laundry detergent and left to air dry. Flags can also be dry-cleaned. It is also acceptable to make minor repairs to a damaged flag. Repairs should not be conspicuous and dimensions of the flag should not be noticeably altered. Flags with large tears or excessive fraying should be retired.

Fluorescent Ballasts

units that hold fluorescent bulbs, lamps or lights

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

ballastPublic Drop-off Locations: Fluorescent ballasts are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

Private Drop-off Locations: Fluorescent ballasts are accepted for recycling at

Disposal: Newer “PCB-free” ballasts are not hazardous waste and can be disposed of in the garbage. Be sure “PCB-free” is written in the ballast documents or on the ballast itself.

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Fluorescent Lights (tubes)

fluorescent tube bulb, U-bend fluorescent bulbs, circular fluorescent bulbs

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

A fluorescent lamp typically contains about 4 or 5 milligrams of mercury.

fluorescent light tubePublic Drop-off Locations: Fluorescent Light bulbs (tubes, lights, CFLs) are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

Private Drop-off Locations: Fluorescent Light bulbs (tubes, lights, CFLs) are accepted for recycling at

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Foam Trays

foam trays used by grocery stores to package fruits and vegetables

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

green foam trayPublic/Private Drop-off Locations: Clean and dry trays are accepted for recycling at

  • Publix grocery stores, multiple locations

 

Food Waste (food scraps)

food scraps, leftovers, vegetable trimmings, spoiled foods, expired foods, coffee grounds, eggshells

Did you know?

The U.S. EPA estimates that one-third of the food we produce and buy in the United States gets tossed into landfills. That totals up to over 133 billion pounds of food waste a year!

plate of food scrapsBackyard Compost: Reduce food waste by starting your own backyard composting pile.

Beaten Path Compost has two food waste drop-off locations in Gainesville for the composting of food scraps such as vegetables, fruits, dairy products, cereals, and breads. No meat or bones, please. There is no cost to the public to drop-off food waste at these locations; however, only food waste material is accepted and only use the carts marked “Compost” on the front.

Public/Private Food Waste Drop-off Locations:

  • 4th Avenue Food Park409 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville FL 32601 (the compost carts are on the east side of the fence behind the dumpsters)
  • Afternoon restaurant, 231 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL  32601 (the compost carts are located behind the restaurant near the dumpsters)

Private Collection Service: Beaten Path Compost also provides residential and commercial food waste collection services for a modest fee. For more information, contact Beaten Path Compost at beatenpathcompost@gmail.com.

Food Waste (unused/unopened)

unused or unopened perishable and non-perishable foods, boxed foods, canned foods

boxes of donated foodDonate:  Accepts perishable and non-perishable foods

Fuel (gaseous)

propane, butane, natural gas, liquefied petroleum

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Fuel (liquid)

diesel, gasoline, heating oil, boat fuel, kerosene, mixed fuels

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Fuel Tanks (empty)

gas cans, fuel tanks

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Reuse: Return empty tanks to the fuel oil distributor. The name of the distributor should be stamped or printed on the tank.

Sell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal (tanks must be cut in half)

  • CMC Recycling, 1508 NW 55th Place #2111, Gainesville, FL 32653, 352-375-0224

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

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Furniture

tables, dressers, bed frames, chairs, bookshelves, cabinets, sofas, couches, coffee tables, patio furniture, mattresses, box springs

wooden five drawer level dresserSell: Furniture in good working condition can be sold through online marketplace applications

Sell: Local locations that pay for used furniture

 

Donate: Furniture in good condition is accepted for reuse at

Repair: Furniture can be repaired or reupholstered for a fee at

  • A New Look Upholstery, 2800 NW 74th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32653, 352-363-8615
  • Big Sun Upholstery & Fabrics, 4647 NW 6th St. #H, Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-371-2827
  • Mallard’s Upholstery, 1801 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-376-3718
  • M & M Upholstery, 2341 NE 17th Ter., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-376-5728
  • Orange & Blue Furniture Repair, 2431 NW 41st St., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-317-4902
  • Sunshine Furniture Services, 3033 NE 19th Dr. # 12, Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-377-2867
  • Warrington’s Furniture Repair, 818 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-338-0535

 

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Garbage (Trash)

household garbage, commercial waste

Did you know?

Each day, the average American generates more than four pounds of trash.

two plastic trash bags full of garbage, one bag black, one bag whiteCurbside Garbage Collection: Place out for collection in your black trash cart or in official yellow bags for disposal on your normal Trash collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations

 

Commercial & Private Drop-off Location: Accepted for disposal at

Removal: Local commercial service providers licensed to provide garbage (trash) services in the City of Gainesville for a fee

Gas Cans

small (up to 15 gallons) metal or plastic container to store gasoline for home use such as lawn mowers or generators

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Full or partially full gasoline cans are accepted at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Disposal: Empty, clean gas cans with the caps removed can be placed in with garbage

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Glass Bottles & Jars

brown, clear and green bottles used for wine bottles, beer bottles, soda bottles, spaghetti sauce jars, salsa jars, pickle jars, mayonnaise jars, jelly jars

Did you know?

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can light a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours

clear, green and brown glass bottles and jarsAccepted for Recycling (rinse out and remove lids)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO broken glass or mirrors

NO tableware or ceramics

NO light bulbs

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

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Glassware

stemware, drinking glasses, wine glasses, glass vases

Not accepted for recycling curbside

drinking classDonate: Unbroken household glass items in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Disposal: Broken glass can be disposed of in your regular garbage container. Be sure to place broken pieces in a bag before placing them in your garbage.

Grass Clippings

yard debris, yard trash, leaves, branches, grass clippings, sticks, twigs, Spanish moss, mover clippings, weeds, flowers, bushes

Loose yard waste materials, such as leaves, grass clippings, and small twigs, must be placed in large brown paper lawn & leaf bags or personal reusable yard waste containers. Lawn & leaf bags or personal containers weighing more than 40 pounds cannot be collected.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection: Leaves can be placed out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations
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Guns & Ammunition

bullets, cartridges, shotguns, handguns, rifles, flare guns, etc., ammo

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

pistol, pistol clip and 4 bulletsPublic Drop-off Locations: Guns and ammunition are accepted for disposal at local law enforcement agencies. CALL BEFORE ARRIVING.

Public Drop-off Locations: Ammunition only is accepted at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Sell: Local locations that pay for used guns and some types of ammunition

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Hair (human)

ponytails, locks

Donate: Long locks of hair can be donated to charities to create wigs

Hearing Aids

hearing devices, In-The-Ear (ITE), Behind-The-Ear (BTE), Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs), Miracle-Ear

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

over the ear hearing aidPublic Drop-off Locations: Household Hazardous Waste is accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Holiday Lights

Christmas tree lights, light strands, string lights, outdoor lights, decorative lights

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

tangled bundle of old style Christmas lightsPublic Drop off Locations: Used or damaged holiday lights are accepted for recycling as electronics at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Public Drop Off Locations: Used or damaged holiday lights are accepted for recycling seasonally (mid-November to mid-January) at other drop-off locations.

  • Information on seasonal drop off locations not currently available
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Hoses

garden hoses, pressure washer hoses, rubber hoses, plastic hoses, soaker hoses, expandable hoses

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

green garden hose coiled upDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Function hoses in good working condition are sometimes accepted for donation at local community gardens.

Household Hazardous Waste

cleaners, fertilizers, Freon, polishes, lead, mercury, mercury thermometers, thermostats, mothballs, solvents, stains, antifreeze, brake fluids, gasoline, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Public Drop-off Locations: Household Hazardous Waste is accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Injured Animals (report)

domestic, wild or endangered animals

warning

Use caution when handling or transporting animals. Be sure to wear protective clothing and gloves.

bald eagleReport: Injured domestic or wild animals call

Report: Injured endangered animals (such as bears, panthers, and eagles) call

Ink Cartridges

printer cartridges, inkjet cartridges, ink cartridge, toner cartridges, laser printer cartridges

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

two black plastic ink cartridgesPublic Drop-off Locations:  Empty or nearly empty printer cartridges are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Empty printer cartridges are accepted for recycling at

  • Best Buy, 3750 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-379-8500
  • Office Depot, 1015 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-377-4003
  • Office Depot, 6861 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605, 352-331-6885
  • Office Max, 3642 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-378-2353
  • Mister Paper Business Products, 1040 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-377-2737
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Iron (scrap metal)

scrap metal, cast iron

Did you know?

Each year the steel industry recycles enough metal from old cars to produce 13.5 million new cars.

rusted scrap iron piecesSell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

 

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Stations
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Jet Ski (water ski)

water sport vehicle, water vehicle, sports vehicles, wave runners, watercraft, wave runner, watercraft, sea doo

Not accepted for recycling curbside

blue and black jet ski

Sell: Used equipment in good working condition can be sold through online sites

 

Jewelry Making Supplies

beads, thin wire, scrap wire, old jewelry, old watches

Not accepted for recycling curbside

jewelry pliers, beads and other jewelry making suppliesDonate: Accepted for reuse at

  • The Repurpose Project, 1920 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-363-8902 (donations by appointment)

Junk Mail

unwanted mail, direct mail cards, paper, envelopes, flyers, catalogs, magazines

Did you know?

Over 77 billion pieces of unwanted mail is sent out to consumers in the U.S. each year

various pieces of junk mailAccepted for Recycling (remove magnets and plastic cards)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Private Drop-off Locations: Accepts clean, dry paper for recycling at

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Kitchen Cabinets

interior remodeling waste

Residents with City of Gainesville Curbside Service may setout interior remodeling waste generated from "Do-It-Yourself" projects for weekly bulk item collection. No more than 2 cubic yards per week, no pieces longer than 5 feet in length or no piece weighing more than 40 pounds. Smaller interior remodeling debris pieces such as broken tiles and wood scraps must be set out in personal reusable containers weighing no more than 40 pounds per container.

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed.

Donate: Interior building materials in good condition such as flooring, doors, fixtures, cabinets, and furniture) are accepted for reuse at

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Lawnmowers

Non-riding, push-style mowers

warning - special handling required

Drain fluids from mowers first

red Craftsman push lawn mowerPublic Drop-off Locations: Push or riding mowers are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Sell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

Repair: Mowers can be repaired at

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Leaves

yard debris, yard trash, leaves, branches, grass clippings, sticks, twigs, Spanish moss, mover clippings, weeds, flowers, bushes

Loose yard waste materials, such as leaves, grass clippings, and small twigs, must be placed in large brown paper lawn & leaf bags or personal reusable yard waste containers. Lawn & leaf bags or personal containers weighing more than 40 pounds cannot be collected.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection: Leaves can be placed out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations
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Light Bulbs (incandescent)

incandescent light bulbs

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

ZERO WASTE SWAP - Replace with CFL or LED light bulbs

old incandescent light bulbDisposal: This material is safe to dispose of in the garbage

Magazines & Catalogs

periodicals, product catalogs, monthly publications

Every year more than 2.5 million tons of magazines get thrown away in the United States

various gainesville area magazinesAccepted for Recycling (remove and discard plastic bags)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

Donate: Once your done reading magazines, consider donating them to a local library, community center, doctor’s office, retirement home, school or salon.

Be sure to remove the mailing label or blackout your address.

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Mattresses & Box Springs

beds, memory foam

tan colored mattressDisposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Media (videotapes, DVDs, CDs, records)

VHS tapes, beta tapes, compact disks movies, vinyl records, LPs, DVDs

Not accepted for recycling curbside

black VHS videotapesSell: Classic tapes, CDs, DVDs, and records in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Sell/Trade: Local locations that buy and trade for classic tapes, CDs and records

Donate: Hospitals and Retirement homes often accept videotapes and DVDs.

Donate: Videotapes, DVDs, CDs, and records in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Recycle: Videotapes, CDs, and DVDs are accepted for recycling at

  • Best Buy, 3750 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville FL 32608, 352-379-8500
  • GreenDisk, 1-800-305-3475

Medical Equipment

hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, lift chairs, canes

wheelchairDonate: Medical equipment in good condition is accepted for reuse at

Medical Waste (needles, syringes, sharps)

biomedical waste, biological waste, sharps, needles, syringes, lancets, face mask, face shields, disposable gloves, infected waste, tissue, blood, bodily fluids

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

person's hand in a plastic glove putting a needle into a red sharps containerDisposal: Medical and biological waste such as sharps, syringes, needles, and lancets are accepted for disposal at

Medications & Pharmaceutical Waste

prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, pills, medicine

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Do NOT flush medications down the toilet as wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to filter out pharmaceutical waste. Medications waste that passes through treatment facilities can be harmful downstream to plants, wildlife and humans.

tan colored pill coming out of pill bottlePublic/Private Drop-off Locations: Find out the closest pharmaceutical drop-off box to you

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Metal Cans

steel cans, aerosol cans, aluminum cans, aluminum bottles

various types of metal cansAccepted for Recycling (rinse out cans before recycling)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO scrap metal

NO stainless steel water bottles or thermoses

 

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

Sell: Local locations that pay for recycled aluminum cans

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Microwavable Trays (plastic)

microwavable trays

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

While often made from recycled plastics, these containers are heavily dyed and are difficult to process into new plastics.

black plastic microwavable trayDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Motor Oil

car oil, engine oil, 20W, 30W, engine fluid

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Before transporting material, use a funnel to carefully pour used motor oil into a clean plastic container with a screw-on cap. Only use containers with thick walls, such as motor oil containers. Do NOT mix motor oil with other fluids or water.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Advance Auto Parts, 6 locations in the Gainesville area
  • AutoZone, 3 locations in the Gainesville area
  • Pep Boys, 7725 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-332-6003

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Motor Oil Filters

oil filter, car filter, engine filter

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Before transporting material, seal oil filters in a thick plastic bag.

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Musical Instruments

flutes, saxophones, pianos, French horns, drums, trumpets, clarinets, violins, guitars

brass French hornTrade/Sell: Used musical instruments in good condition can be sold through online marketplace applications

Trade/Sell: Local locations that pay for used musical instruments in good condition

Repair: Instruments can be repaired at

  • Hoggtowne Music, 2441 NW 43rd St., Unit 26B, Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-271-4772

Donate: Used musical instruments in good condition at

  • School Board of Alachua County Warehouse, 352-955-7413

 

Newspaper Sleeves & Clear Plastic Bags (plastic)

clear plastic bags, newspaper sleeves, pharmacy bags, bread bags, produce bags, ice bags, salt bags, wood pellet bags

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Newspapers

daily papers, comics, classifieds, newspaper inserts

Did you know?

Recycled newspaper saves 34 to 60% of the total energy needed for virgin newsprint

gainesville sun newspapers and comicsAccepted for Recycling (remove and discard plastic bags)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

 

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Office Paper

copy paper, notebook paper, letters, records, documents, index cards, colored paper, manila envelopes, file folders

Did you know?

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year, which amounts to about 680 pounds of paper per person per year

various sheets of colored office paperAccepted for Recycling (remove binders)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO plastic or bubble envelopes

Public/Private Drop-off: Accepted for recycling at

Shredded Services: For confidential papers, contact a local document destruction company that can shred your materials.

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Office Supplies

pencils, pens, crayons, folders, note pads, glue, index cards, staplers

various office supplies such as paper clips, binder clips, sticky notes, pens, tacks, rubber bandsDonate: Accepted for reuse at

Packing Material (plastic or foam)

packing peanuts, Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, foam wrapping, foam padding, air pillows

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

white and pink foam packing peanuts

Reuse: Save this material until you next need to ship a package

Donate: Some mail packing stores will accept clean packing materials for reuse (call before arriving)

Paint (oil & latex)

latex-based paints, oil-based paints, water-based paints, vinyl paints, acrylic paints, varnish paints, spray paint, polyurethane

Not accepted for recycling curbside

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Behr premium plus paint can with a little bit of paint dripping outPublic Drop-off Locations: Full or partially full aerosol cans of paint are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Pallets (wooden & plastic)

wood or plastic platforms used to store and transport materials

wooden shipping palletSell: Recycled pallets are accepted at

  • Gainesville Pallets, 3530 SE Hawthorne Rd. #8858, Gainesville, FL 32641, 352-339-6837
  • Southern Fuelwood Inc., 28826 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669, 352-472-4324

Public Drop-off Locations: Wood pallets are accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station (FEES MAY APPLY)
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Paper Bags

brown paper grocery bags, paper shopping bags, brown Kraft paper bags, white paper bags

brown and white paper bagsAccepted for Recycling (remove and discard food and food wrappings)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO glossy type gift bags

NO popcorn bags

NO pet food bags

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Publix grocery stores, multiple locations
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Paperboard

pasteboard, cereal boxes, crackers boxes, tissue boxes, gift clothes boxes, shoe boxes. multi-beverage packs, paper egg cartons, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls

various types of paperboard boxesAccepted for Recycling (remove plastic film from pasta and tissue boxes)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO bakery or donut boxes

NO paper plates or paper cups

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Clean, dry paper is accepted for recycling at

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Pet Supplies

dog toys, cat beds, cat towers, cat toys, crates, dog food, cat food, food bowls, leashes, unused cat litter

Donate: New and gently used pet supplies are accepted at

Phone Books

telephone directories, yellow bags

Did you know?

The first phone book was produced in New Haven, Connecticut 1878

three gainesville area phone booksAccepted for Recycling (remove magnets and plastic wrapping)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Picture Frames

photo frames, wood picture frames, painting frames

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

various sized and colored picture framesDonate:  Accepted for reuse at

Pipes (PVC)

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic pipes used for plumbing and drainage

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

white, green and tan colored PVC plastic pipesPrivate Drop-off Locations: Accepts construction and demolition materials for disposal at

Pizza Boxes

food contaminated boxes

The vast majority of used pizza boxes are too contaminated with food residue or grease stains for recycling and should be disposed of with your garbage. Exceptionally clean pizza boxes can be treated just like cardboard and placed in paper recycle bins. If only the bottom of the pizza box is stained, the top of the box can be removed and recycled.

empty food contaminated greasy pizza box with a red xDisposal: Food contaminated (greasy) boxes should go in your garbage

 

 

 

 

 

 

empty clean pizza box with a green checkAccepted For Recycling: Exceptionally clean and flattened boxes

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO boxes with food residue or grease stains

Plant Pots & Trays (plastic)

plastic plant pots, seed starter trays

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Plastics vary significantly by their resin types (chemicals & dyes) and physical properties (rigidity & melting temperatures). Often there are no processes available or market demand for lower grade (non-rigid) plastic items such as plant and flower pots.

round black plastic plant potsDonate: Many local garden centers and plant nurseries accept plant and flower pots and trays for reuse

  • Florida Greenkeepers, 1401 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-373-4932
  • Garden Gate Nursery, 2406 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-376-4922

Plastic Bags (grocery bags)

shopping bags, plastic food bags, plastic gift bags, grocery bags

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Zero Waste Swap - Invest in a few reusable shopping bags.

blue plastic grocery bagRecycling: Many local grocery stores and retail stores accept back their own plastic bags for recycling. Look for specially marked recycling bins located near the store entrance or near the customer service area.

  • Publix
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Kohl’s

Plastic Blister Packs (non-rigid plastics)

clear plastic non-rigid containers often used to store and sell various products on the self, thermoformed

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

colorful blister product packagingDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Plastic Bottle Caps

soda bottle caps, water bottle caps

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

plastic bottle capsDonate: Clean plastic bottle caps and lids accepted for reuse at

Disposal: Discard this item in with garbage

Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Tubs

plastic containers with a neck or screw top

various types of plastic bottles, jugs and tubsAccepted for Recycling (empty all liquid from containers, and discard lids)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO plastic bags, wrap, cups, tubes or microwavable trays

NO Styrofoam materials

NO plastic clamshells, egg cartons, or deli containers

NO plastic utensils

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

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Plastic Clamshells (non-rigid plastics)

clear plastic non-rigid containers often used to store and sell bakery foods, deli items, fresh berries, mixed candies, plastic egg cartons, thermoformed

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

various non-rigid anc clamshell plastic containersDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Plastic Cups

to-go cups, disposable cups, Solo type cups

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

red Solo type plastic cupDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Plastic Tubes

toothpaste tubes, hair gel tubes, hand cream tubes

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

toothpaste tubeDisposal: Discard this item in with garbage.

Plastic Tubs

Butter tubs, yogurt tubs

Accepted for Recycling (rinse out containers, and discard lids)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Prescription Vials (empty)

#5 plastic amber-colored pill bottles, medicine bottles, prescription vials

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Unfortunately, empty plastic prescription vials are not well suited for recycling and have a limited recyclable market. The adhesive (glue) from paper labels on the vials can be a contaminate when reprocessing this plastic into new plastic materials. Additionally, these vials are often too smalls to make it successfully through recycling sorting equipment. Small items fall out and get sorted in with trash like bottle caps and broken pieces a glass.

three amber-colored plastic prescription bottlesDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Reuse Options:

  • Store household items such as batteries, screws, and tacks
  • Organize makeup supplies for easy access
  • Use to store garden seeds
  • Keep small sewing kit items such as pins, buttons, and needles
  • Use to hold cotton swabs for your travel kit
  • Store earphone buds away in pill bottles

Printer & Ink Cartridges

printer cartridges, inkjet cartridges, ink cartridge, toner cartridges, laser printer cartridges

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

black toner cartridgePublic Drop-off Locations:  Empty or nearly empty printer cartridges are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Empty printer cartridges are accepted for recycling at

  • Best Buy, 3750 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-379-8500
  • Cartridge World, 3501 SW 2nd Ave Suite N, Gainesville, FL 32607, 352-505-6626
  • Office Depot, 1015 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-377-4003
  • Office Depot, 6861 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605, 352-331-6885
  • Office Max, 3642 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-378-2353
  • Mister Paper Business Products, 1040 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-377-2737

Return by Mail: Most toner and laser cartridge manufactures have free take-back programs and offer free postage-paid labels for shipping back cart cartridges.  Search online for the manufacturer of your cartridge to see how to return used cartridges.  Here are a few companies and the links to their recycling information:

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Radioactive Waste

low-level radioactive waste found in medical waste, smoke detectors, monitoring devices

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Disposal: For the proper handling and disposal of medical radioactive waste, please contact your health care provider.

Disposal: For the proper handling and disposal of radioactive waste call

Public Drop-off Locations: Smoke detectors are accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Railroad Ties & Landscaping Timber

pressure-treated wood, creosote-treated wood

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Reuse: Reuse ties and timber for landscaping, fences, borders, retaining walls, or walkways.

Public Drop-off Locations:  Accepted for disposal at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station (FEES MAY APPLY)
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Receipts (thermal paper)

glossy or "slick" type cash register receipts

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Nearly all cash register receipts are produced on thermal paper and contain the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA has serious health concerns and can’t be removed during the paper recycling process.

crunched up thermal paper receiptDisposal: Place this material in with your garbage

School Supplies

pencils, pens, crayons, folders, note pads, glue, index cards, paints, crafts supplies, art supplies, carpet squares, fabric scraps, yarn, rolls of wrapping paper

tools for schools logoDonate: Tools For Schools is a reusable resource center providing new and gently used educational supplies to Alachua County Public School teachers at no cost. This program accepts a broad array of school supplies for reuse. For a complete list of suggested donations, visit Tools for Schools or call 352-374-5213.

Donate: New and gently used school supplies are accepted at

Scrap Metal

iron, steel, aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, zinc, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, pots, pans, siding, gutter, downspouts, patio furniture, wheels, wires, fixtures, lamps, metal fencing, plumbing pipes, valves, tubing, metal wiring, electric motors,, insulated wires, metal doors, metal window frames, metal cables, appliances, washers, dryers, dishwashers, cast iron, farm equipment, farm machinery, lawnmowers, railings, sheet metal, water heaters tank

Not accepted for recycling curbside

The U.S. recycles over 150 million tons of scrap metal each year. Scrap metal can be reused and transformed into new materials, saving energy as well as the money needed to refine new metals.

large pile of various types of scrap metalSell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal (call first)

 

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Stations
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Septic & Sewage Tanks

septic tanks, sewage tanks

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

A permit is required to either remove or abandon (keep in the ground) a septic tank. Old septic tanks can be safely kept in the ground if they are drained, punctured and filled with sand.

large blue septic system being lifted by heavy equipmentRemoval: For information on related to septic systems regulations contact

Removal: Local companies that provide septic system removal services for a fee

Sewage (untreated)

sewage, untreated refuse liquids, waste matter

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Disposal: Local companies that provide sewage removal services from septic tanks or portables toilets.

Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets)

syringes, needles, lancets

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Sharps containers may be purchased at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens Drug Stores, or Walmart Pharmacies.

person's hand in a plastic glove putting a needle into a red sharps containerDisposal: Medical and biological waste such as sharps, syringes, needles, and lancets are accepted for disposal at

If an individual cannot afford to purchase a sharps container, call Alachua County Social Services at (352) 955-2471.

Shoes (athletic)

tennis shoes, sneakers, gym shoe, fitness shoe, basketball shoes

Not accepted for recycling curbside

gray and white tennis shoeDonate: Shoes in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Shoes (dress)

dress shoe, lady shoe, ladies shoe, high heel shoe, sandals

Not accepted for recycling curbside

pair of womans shoes in the color blackDonate: Dress shoes in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Sell: Local locations that pay for used dress shoes

Repair: Shoes can be repaired at

 

Shredded Paper

shredded office paper

Please note

Shredded paper is accepted for recycling in the Gainesville recycling program; however, all shredded paper must be placed inside a closed paper bag and labeled "Shredded Paper" on the outside of the bag.

brown paper bags with shredded paper written on the outside of the bagAccepted for Recycling

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin

NO plastic or bubble envelopes

Private Drop-off Locations: Clean, dry papers are accepted for recycling at

Shredded Services: For confidential papers, contact a local document destruction company that can shred your materials for a fee

Sinks (porcelain)

ceramic sinks, porcelain sinks

white porcelain pedestal sinkDonate: Accepts material for reuse at

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 location
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Six-Pack Rings (plastic)

soda six-pack rings, multipack beverage ring carriers

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Ship/Mail: Accepts plastic beverage pack rings for recycling. No mailing costs.

Six-pack Rings (plastic)

6-pack ring, soda can rings

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

Cut rings into smaller bits of plastic before disposing of this material to help protect wildlife.

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

Smoke Detectors

battery-operated or electrical smoke detectors

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Most smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material (Americum 241) that classifies them as hazardous waste. Do NOT take apart smoke dectors. The radioactive material is not harmful if the device is left unopened.

white smoke detectorReturn: Mail old or defective smoke detectors back to the original manufacturing company.  By federal law, manufactures are required to accepted back smoke detectors for disposal. Look for the manufacturer’s information on the bottom or inside of the smoke detector, or in the instruction material.

  • Dicon Global Inc., 1-800-387-4219 (accepts smoke detector brands American Sensors, Garrison, North American Detectors, and TEN-TEK)
  • BRK Brands, Inc., 1-800-265-5671 (accepts smoke detector brands BRK, and First Alert)

Public Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
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Sports & Exercise Equipment

exercise equipment, fitness equipment, golf clubs, gloves, soccer balls, footballs, basketball balls, bats, gloves, helmets, yoga mats, jump ropes, free weights

Not accepted for recycling curbside

elliptical exercise equipmentSell: Used sports and exercise equipment in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Sell:  Local locations that pay and trade sporting equipment

Donate: New and gently used sporting equipment is accepted at

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations:  Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

 

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Steel Cans

metal cans, tin cans, tin, soup cans, pet food cans, coffee cans, vegetable cans, aerosol cans

Did you know?

For every ton of steel recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved

various steel cansAccepted for Recycling (rinse out cans before recycling)

  • Curbside: Place in your BLUE bin
  • Multi-family Properties: Place in recycling containers
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO scrap metal

NO stainless steel water bottles or thermoses

Public/Private Drop-off: The following local location accepts paper for recycling:

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Storage Bags (plastic)

sandwich bags, food storage bags, Ziploc type bags

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

two empty Ziplock storage bagsReuse: Rinse out bags and reuse

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling “without the zipper” at

Disposal: Place this material in with your garbage

T-shirts

tees, graphic tees

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Ship/Mail: Accepts old t-shirts for recycling into new t-shirts. No shipping cost and offers a rebate on new purchases.

Tar (roof & driveway)

driveway sealer, roofing tar

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

can of roof and flashing sealantPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Televisions

CRTs, tvs, monitor, flat-screen, cathode-ray tubes

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

computer system with monitor, old television and a video game consolePublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Used electronic items in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Residential Collection By Appointment: Residents of the City of Gainesville with City Solid Waste Division collection services are eligible for the FREE collection and recycling of electronic items.

To make an Electronics Recycling collection appointment in the City of Gainesville:

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Tennis Balls

tennis balls

Not accepted for recycling curbside

pile of yellow tennis ballsShip/Mail: Accepts tennis balls for recycling

Textiles (clothing)

clothes, fabrics, pants, shirts, outfits, suits, bras, t-shirts

Not accepted for recycling curbside

stack of clothes for donationDonate: Clothing in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Sell: Local locations that pay for used clothing

Thermometers (mercury)

mercury-containing devices, temperature gauges

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

old glass tube mercury thermometerPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Thermostats (mercury)

mercury switches, mercury-containing devices, temperature gauges, air conditioner controllers, non-digital thermostats

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

old ac thermostat wall mountedPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Tires (auto)

car tires, automobile tires, trailer tires, motorcycle tires, scooter tires, moped tires

Not accepted for recycling curbside

Don’t leave old tires lying around, as they easily fill with rainwater and become potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

black rubber car tirePublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station (FEES MAY APPLY)
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Tires (bicycle)

bicycle tire

black rubber bicycle tiresPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station (FEES MAY APPLY)

Disposal: This material is safe to dispose of in the garbage

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Toilets (porcelain)

ceramic toilets, porcelain toilets

white porcelain toiletDisposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 location
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Toys

action figures, games, toy cars, blocks, stuffed animals, swing sets, playsets, playhouses, dolls

Not accepted for recycling curbside

yellow rubber duckyDonate: Gently used and new toys are accepted at

 

Sell: Used toys in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Disposal: Large playsets are accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 location

Trailers

campers, travel trailer, boat trailer

must have the vehicle title

Sell: Trailers in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Sell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal (call first)

Transmission Fluid

transmission oil, car fluid, engine fluid

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Before transporting material, use a funnel to carefully pour fluid into a clean plastic container with a screw-on cap. Only use containers with thick walls, such as motor oil containers. Do NOT mix with other fluids or water.

large red bottle of automotive transmission fluidPublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Public/Private Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Advance Auto Parts, 6 locations in the Gainesville area
  • AutoZone, 3 locations in the Gainesville area
  • Pep Boys, 7725 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-332-6003

Business Drop-off Locations: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

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Trees (disposal)

branches, tree limbs, tree trunks, tree stumps

Contractors are responsible for disposing of waste materials generated from work performed

Branches may be set out curbside for collection in small piles near the curb. Branches can be no longer than 5 feet in length, no larger than 8 inches in diameter, or weigh no more than 40 pounds per piece.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection: Branches can be placed out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations

 

Commercial Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

Removal: Local companies that provide collection and recycling of oversized limbs, branches, and stumps for a fee

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Trees (report fallen trees)

downed trees, storm debris

tree fallen across a road with townhouses in the backgroundReport: Fallen trees located on the roadside or public right-of-way call

  • County Roads – Alachua County Road & Bridges at 352-374-5245 x215
  • City Streets – City of Gainesville Parks Division, 352-393-8187

Report: Fallen trees on power lines call with the Gainesville area

  • Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), 352-334-2871

Vacuum Cleaners

vacuums

Not accepted for recycling curbside

yellow Dyson vacuum cleanerRepair: Vacuums can be repaired at

Disposal: Residential household generated waste is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Bulk Item Pick Up Program

Disposal Drop-off Locations: Accepted for disposal at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations
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Vehicles (cars)

cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, campers, boats

must have the vehicle title

red pickup truckDonate: Vehicles in good condition are accepted for reuse at

Sell: Local locations that pay for scrap metal

Video Game Consoles (electronics)

Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, Genesis, Wii, Atari, game cartridges

warning - special handling required

This material is NOT accepted for disposal in residential or commercial waste collection containers as it poses a serious health & safety hazard.

Xbox video game consolePublic Drop-off Locations: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

Business Drop-off: Small Quantity Generators may take this material for proper disposal to the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a fee. Large Quantity Generators are responsible for arranging the collection and proper disposal services with private chemical waste companies.

Sell: Used video game consoles and game cartridges in good working condition can be sold through online sites.

Residential Collection By Appointment: Residents of the City of Gainesville with City Solid Waste Division collection services are eligible for the FREE collection and recycling of electronic items.

To make an Electronics Recycling collection appointment in the City of Gainesville:

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Window Glass

glass windows, sliding doors, shower doors, glass tabletops

Not accepted for recycling

Be sure to place masking tape in a grid pattern across large glass items. This will help prevent the glass from shattering during collection.

glass window frameDisposal: This item is accepted for disposal in the City of Gainesville’s Residential Bulk Item Collection Program

Disposal Drop-off: Take to any of the Alachua County Rural Collection Centers

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Wood Debris (tree removal)

branches, tree limbs, tree trunks, tree stumps, wood pallets

Branches may be set out curbside for collection in small piles near the curb. Branches can be no longer than 5 feet in length, no larger than 8 inches in diameter, or weigh no more than 40 pounds per piece.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection: Branches can be placed out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations

 

Commercial & Private Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

Removal: Local companies that provide collection and recycling of oversized limbs, branches, and stumps for a fee

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Wrapping Paper

gift wrap, wrapping paper sheets

red, green, and white stripped wrapping paperAccepted for Recycling (remove bows and ribbons)

  • Curbside: Place in your ORANGE bin
  • Public Drop-off Locations: Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, 5 locations

NO glossy or foil type paper

NO paper with glitter

Donate: Rolls of unused wrapping paper are accepted for reuse at

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Yard Waste (yard debris)

yard debris, yard trash, leaves, branches, grass clippings, sticks, twigs, Spanish moss, mover clippings, weeds, flowers, bushes

Branches may be set out curbside for collection in small piles near the curb. Branches can be no longer than 5 feet in length, no larger than 8 inches in diameter, or weigh no more than 40 pounds per piece.

pile of sticks and brown bags set out for yard waste collectionCurbside Yard Waste Collection: Branches can be placed out for collection on your normal Yard Waste collection day.

Public Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

  • Alachua County Rural Collection Center, 5 locations

 

Commercial & Private Drop-off Location: Accepted for recycling at

Removal: Local companies that provide collection and recycling of oversized limbs, branches, and stumps for a fee

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Yarn & String

balls of yarn, pieces of string

Not accepted for recycling curbside or at drop-off centers

rolls and balls of orange, red and yellow yarnDonate: Accepted for reuse at