COMMERCIAL RECYCLING

Discover educational tools and resources to help you stay compliant and recycle right.

WHEN COMPANIES RECYCLE,
COMMUNITIES THRIVE.

By recycling your paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic, you can reduce waste disposal fees, enhance your company’s image, conserve Alachua County’s natural resources and energy, save landfill space, boost the local economy and create jobs.

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REQUIRED RECYCLING FOR BUSINESSES

Our Business Recycling Toolkit will help you reduce or donate when possible and recycle the rest. Alachua County’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance requires that businesses recycle the following materials:

  • Steel cans
  • Aluminum cans up to 2.5 gallons
  • Glass containers up to 2.5 gallons
  • Plastic containers (PETE, HDPE or PVC) up to 2.5 gallons
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Corrugated cardboard

RECYCLING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

If you are employed by, manage or own a business, hotel, multi-family complex, restaurant or bar in Alachua County, you qualify to receive complimentary recycling assistance. This program provides:

  • Technical assistance
  • Coordination of recycling service options
  • Complimentary printable signage
  • Education and training for your staff

SIPPING SMARTER

On February 25, 2020, the Alachua County Commission passed Ord. 2020-04, which bans single-use plastic straws and stirrers from being distributed by beverage providers (even free beverage providers). Medical facilities, nursing homes, etc., are exempt from this ordinance. Fines can amount to $250 per violation notice.

The ban includes straws made from “biologically based polymers” that may be advertised as compostable or made from plants. Single-use alternatives include paper, bamboo, wheat, etc. Please call Alachua County Solid Waste & Resource Recovery at (352) 338-3233 with any questions.

COMPLIMENTARY WASTE SURVEY

We’ll send a Waste Alternatives Specialist to your business to collect information and analyze your company’s waste stream free of charge. Then, we’ll produce a report and outline the best ways for you to establish a recycling program or enhance an existing one.

To schedule a complimentary waste survey for your business, please contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at (352) 374-5213.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION

Our staff is available to give educational presentations at your company for employees and janitorial staff. And because our top priorities are education and transparency, we also offer free tours of our facilities.

To learn more or schedule a presentation, please contact our Outreach & Education department at (352) 374-5213.

BORROW-A-BIN FOR EVENTS

Have an event or large gathering coming up? You can borrow recycling containers and bags at no cost to encourage sustainable waste disposal.

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COMMERCIAL RECYCLING CONTACTS

Use our comprehensive list of contact information for collection service companies and drop-off recycling centers to get in touch with specialists who can answer your questions about everything from scrap metal pickup to toner and ink cartridge disposal.

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ASK A QUESTION OR SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!

Have more recycling questions? Fill out the form below, and we’ll do our best to get back to you within 48 hours. You can also sign up for email updates to stay in the know.

For garbage cart or recycling bin requests, please call Alachua County’s Office of Waste Collection (352-338-3233).

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