LET’S RECYCLE RIGHT, ALACHUA COUNTY!

Use these tips to help raise our recycling
rate and promote proper sorting.

RECYCLING ISN’T HARD.
WE MAKE IT EASY.

Something so beneficial shouldn’t be difficult. Confused about what you can recycle? Wondering how recycling helps stimulate our economy? We’ve got you covered with helpful info on why and how to recycle right.

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RECYCLING BENEFITS US ALL

Recycling conserves energy and natural resources. It prevents pollution and creates jobs. So when we recycle more, we all benefit. In 2018, Alachua County’s overall recycling percentage was 68%, the third-highest in Florida! That’s really great work, but the higher it is, the better off we are!

ENERGY SAVINGS

Recycling aluminum cans requires only 5% of the energy needed to produce the same amount of aluminum from scratch.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS

Every ton of paper recycled saves 7,000 gallons of water and prevents 17 trees from having to be cut down.

NEW CLOTHING

Recycled plastic bottles and jars can be made into durable clothing.

ENERGY SAVINGS

Recycling steel requires 75% less energy than manufacturing new steel.

SAVES YOU MONEY

Thanks to our Pay-As-You-Throw program, the less garbage you produce, the less you pay.

PROVIDING JOBS

Recycling allowed Alachua County’s Southwest Landfill to stay open four extra years, saving taxpayers money and providing jobs.

THE FUTURE OF YOUR RECYCLABLES

After you recycle materials, we take them to the mills to be repurposed and reused as other products. Thanks to your recycling efforts, we’re able to reduce our environmental impact. Keep it up!

Mixed Residential Paper And Newsprint

Quarterly Tonnage: 612

Processing Location:
Austell Paper Mill
(Austell Paper)

Container board (cereal box), cupboard tubes, and other protective packaging

Cardboard (OCC)

Quarterly Tonnage: 2,679

Processing Location: Pill Hill Mill (Pine Hill, AL), Seminole Mill (Jacksonville, FL)

New cardboard

Soda and water bottles (pet plastic)

Quarterly Tonnage: 234

Processing Location: Clear Path (Fayetteville, NC), Mohawk Ind (Summerville, GA), Marglen Ind (Rome, GA)

RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) flake to be used for carpet products, clothing and other recycled polyester products

Milk jugs, etc (Natural hdpe plastic)

Quarterly Tonnage: 64

Processing Location: Blue Ridge Plastics (Eden, NC), Unifi Inc (Reidsville NC), K&W Plastics (Troy, AL)

Plastic flakes and pellets to be used for making recycled pipe, plastic lumber, paint containers and for plastic injection molding applications (toys, trash cans, lids, etc.)

Detergent bottles, etc (pigmented hdpe plastic)

Quarterly Tonnage: 62

Processing Location: Blue Ridge Plastics (Eden, NC), Unifi Inc (Reidsville NC), K&W Plastics (Troy, AL)

Plastic flakes and pellets to be used for making recycled pipe, plastic lumber, paint containers and for plastic injection molding applications (toys, trash cans, lids, etc.)

Mixed plastics

Quarterly Tonnage: 37

Processing Location: Recycling Revolutions (Unadilla, GA)

Plastic is sorted, shredded, washed and the different grades are sold to end users for different plastic products

Aluminum Cans

Quarterly Tonnage: 87

Processing Location: Constellium (Muscle Shoals, AL), Tri Arrow (Russellville, KY)

New beverage containers

Tin Cans

Quarterly Tonnage: 87

Processing Location: National Materials Processing (Chicago, IL)

New food cans or rebar

Glass

Quarterly Tonnage: 604

Processing Location: Strategic Materials (Sarasota, FL)

The glass is sorted for color, cleaned, processed, and sold to end‐users for the following products: glass containers, fiberglass, highway bead, glass abrasives, paint filters, and specialty glass for decoration

RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING

What can and can’t be recycled? What if you don’t live in an area with curbside pickup service? Find the answers to these questions and more so you can make the biggest difference at home.

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COMMERCIAL RECYCLING

Businesses generate approximately two-thirds of all garbage in Alachua County. That means your company can have a huge positive impact on our community by recycling right.

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