Business Recycling Toolkit

Go paperless!
Go paperless!
  • Emails and documents can all be saved electronically. Make an E-filing system for fast and convenient retrieval.
  • Need to edit a document? Use the revision feature in word processing.
  • Send information electronically. Scan documents to email.
  • Double up: Use both sides of the paper! Cost and paper consumption will be cut in half. See the printer’s manual for directions on changing the default setting.
  • Take the printer for a test run: When you absolutely need to print multiple copies, try printing just one copy first to confirm the printing properties are set correctly.
  • Just say “no” to unsolicited mail. Contact the company sending “junk mail” and ask to be removed from the mailing list.
  • Reuse paper when possible. Begin collecting once used paper (paper only used on one side) and reuse for note taking and to-do lists.
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Refill
Refill

Replace disposable water cooler and coffee cups with reusable drinking glasses, refillable water bottles, and coffee mugs.

Refill ink cartridges when empty instead of taking them to the hazardous waste disposal location. If your ink cartridges are not refillable, recycle them through an ink cartridge recycling program.​

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Recycle! Close the Loop
Recycle! Close the Loop

​After reducing and reusing items to the best of your ability, the last option is to recycle!

Make recycling signage clear and consistent. If you would like assistance with recycling signage for your business, please contact Jeff Klugh, Alachua County’s Recycling Programs Coordinator at (352) 374-5213.

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Donation vs Disposal
Donation vs Disposal

If your office has unneeded items, consider donating them to a local thrift store. Any new or gently used office supplies can be donated to Tools for Schools, a free resource center for all Alachua County public school teachers.

Tools for Schools accepts items such as pens and pencils, notepads, paper, staplers, tape, scissors, desk organizers, unused dry erase boards, envelopes, outdated letterheads, magazines, and extra folders and binders.

You can contact Tools for Schools at 352-374-5213. Unwanted printers and fax machines can be posted online. If no longer working, please bring them to a hazardous waste drop off location.​

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What:
What:

​In 2001, Alachua County instituted a mandatory commercial recycling program for commercial properties by Alachua County Code Section 75.302. This ordinance applies to businesses located in the unincorporated areas of Alachua County.

In 2011, a revised, more comprehensive ordinance was passed by the commission with the intention of helping Alachua County reach the mandated 75% recycling goal put in place by the State Legislature.​

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Why:
Why:

Recycling of additional materials from commercial properties saves money otherwise spent on disposal costs and helps protect the environment. 

Removing these materials from your garbage will not only bring your business into compliance with the ordinance, but can help reduce waste collection costs by enabling you to use a smaller container or have your waste collected less often. 

Commercial waste represents a majority of the total waste produced in Alachua County. Commercial recycling will make the greatest impact on Alachua County’s overall recycling rate.​

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Who:
Who:

​Owners of commercial properties in the unincorporated area of Alachua County are required by law to recycle.

Property owners are required to provide recycling facilities and the opportunity to recycle for tenants.​

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How:
How:

Businesses in Alachua County are required to recycle the following materials, referred to as designated recyclable material in the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Recycling facilities should be set-up to accept the following items if found in the property’s waste stream.​

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Why Recycle?
Why Recycle?
  • Recycling steel requires 75% less energy than new steel.
  • Recycling aluminum cans requires only 5% of the energy to produce the same amount of aluminum from scratch.
  • Recycling a single glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100W light bulb for four hours.
  • Roughly 39% of the U.S. waste stream is paper.
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves 7,000 gallon of water and prevents 17 trees from having to be cut down.
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Need Help?
Need Help?

​If you would like assistance in designing a recycling program for your business, the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives offers free waste surveys where a member of our staff will visit your business and view the various waste producing activities and work with you to design the most efficient, economical and sustainable program for you.​

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  • Recycling materials

    • Steel and Aluminum Cans
    • Glass and Plastic Containers
    • Magazines and Newspapers
    • Office Paper and Cardboard
    1. Steel cans
    2. Aluminum cans with a volume up to 2.5 gallons
    3. Glass containers with a volume up to 2.5 gallons
    4. Plastic containers (PETE, HDPE, or PVC) with a volume up to 2.5 gallons
    5. Magazines
    6. Newspapers
    7. Office paper
    8. Corrugated cardboard

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