A program partnership towards a zero waste community

Our goal is to foster collaboration between Alachua County and the city of Gainesville to support policies needed to dramatically reduce waste and encourage citizens to rethink waste material flows.

Zero Waste means reducing consumption, reusing products & responsible recycling – with nothing going to landfill or incineration.



Treating waste as a resource depends on the ability to easily separate and manage waste.
So where do we begin?

By analyzing existing policies, systems, programs and infrastructure, our plan is to identify the greatest potential waste for reduction and diversion opportunities, based on the status of waste reduction and recycling in the County and City.

to move forward we must first look back


With your help we can turn a visionary goal into a plan of action.

Waste prevention starts with you: in the home, office, restaurant – even on the road.

Waste materials get into the environment and then stay there forever. We need to reduce the amount of plastic that we’re putting into our environment, and we have to take these steps now to protect the city for not only us but for future generations.

– Adrian Hayes-Santos
Gainesville City Commissioner


Zero Waste Community Meeting


13 November


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Eastside Rec Center

2841 E University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641


There will be a public meeting at Eastside Rec Center to discuss strategies to reduce waste in our community. Join city and county staff as we explore what Zero Waste can mean for our city.

Eco-Industrial Park Groundbreaking Ceremony


24 October


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Leveda Brown Environmental Park

5115 NE 63rd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609


The ceremony will be held to the immediate East of the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station. The eco-industrial park is a manufacturing and research park for businesses that create value-added products from materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill.

Joint City of Gainesville / Alachua County Commission Meeting


06 August


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Alachua County Administration Building

12 SE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601


At this joint City-County Commission Meeting we will discuss the latest developments in our Zero Waste Initiative.

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Meetings & Presentations

Keep up with our progress as we discuss & develop this program together - we welcome citizen feedback.
download pdf08/06/2018

There are no meeting documents at this time, please check at a later date. Thank you for your interest.