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
GET INVOLVED - ATTEND AN EVENT
Commission Meeting on Single-Use Ban
Gainesville City Hall
Gainesville, FL 32601
The Gainesville City Commission will be discussing a proposed single-use plastic bag and Styrofoam ban.
UF Collection Day
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
O’Connell Center Parking Lot
Gainesville, FL 32611
For UF students looking to dispose of reusable or recyclable items before the end of the semester, come to the NW Corner of the lot, drop off any household items, toiletries, gently used cloths, non-perishable food, school and office supplies, electronics and household hazardous waste.
Zero Waste Community Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Eastside Rec Center
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
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leveda Brown Environmental Park
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
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Alachua County Administration Building
Gainesville, FL 32601
At this joint City-County Commission Meeting we will discuss the latest developments in our Zero Waste Initiative.