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as pens and pencils, notepads, paper, staplers, tape, scissors, desk organizers, unused dry erase boards, envelopes, outdated letterheads, magazines, and extra folders and binders.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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.