Garbage, Recycling and Hazardous Waste Disposal
Bring your garbage, recycling, scrap metal, tires, yard waste, or hazardous waste to the Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station at 5115 NE 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608. Find out what’s accepted, plus hours, rates and more.
Before you go
Before you bring your haul to the Environmental Park & Transfer Station, remember to separate like items and cover your load.
Separate like items
Sort and separate recyclables from the garbage in your load to make drop-off easier and more efficient. Cardboard, metal, recyclables, tires, yard waste, and hazardous materials should be separated in your load. Alachua County strives to ensure the above items are put in the appropriate place.
Cover your load
Uncovered loads cause potential danger to other vehicles on the road if items fall off during transport, and can result in a littering fine. To stay safe, please cover it up and tie it down.
Materials and Fees
What's accepted and how much it costs
The Environmental Park Accepts:
- Household garbage
- Recyclables (please sort cardboard/paper from other plastic and metal bottles/cans)
- Vegetative wood debris
- Old tires
- Unusable appliances and other scrap metals (bicycles, grills, lawn mowers, etc.)
- Household hazardous waste
Does not accept: construction & demolition debris, asbestos, bio-medical waste, or liquid waste.
Alachua County Leveda Brown Environmental Park Disposal Fees
|Solid waste fee per ton
|Brush & land clearing
|Auto & light truck tires
in mixed loads or less than 3
|Truck tires 17" or greater
in mixed loads or less than 3"
|Off-road & agricultural tires
|White goods (appliances) & metals
without refrigerants or freon
|Refrigerant or freon containing devices
|Special Handling fee
|Clean up of mixed or contaminated loads
(over & above tonnage fee)
|$100.00 per load|
|Public weighing of vehicle
|Contract rate for commercial haulers
Building of Park and Transfer Station
The early 1990s addressed the need to close the Southwest Landfill due to limited capacity for the operation. A committee was formed to find a new site. After many long hours and many concerns from residents, the option of opening an Environmental Park and Transfer Station was approved. It was later determined that the waste generated in Alachua County would be hauled to the New River Solid Waste Facility in Raiford, Florida.
During this time, the increased participation in recycling programs lengthened the life of the Southwest Landfill by five years.
In 1997, a private contractor was hired to build the Transfer Station outside of Gainesville on Waldo Road (SR 24). Under the direction of the Public Works Director, construction began in February of 1998. The site would be home to a 27,520 square foot Transfer Station, a 3,000 square foot administration and education building, a scalehouse, and storage space for waste tires and tree debris. Operations are taken care of by approximately 22 employees, with eight tractor-trailers, two grapplers, and a front-end loader. Full operations began in December of 1998.
January of 1999 marked the official opening of the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station.
Solid Waste & Resource Recovery Department
In 2015, the Department of Solid Waste & Resource Recovery was
designated as a a stand alone department operating under the direction
of the Department Director, Sally Palmi.
Solid Waste & Resource Recovery oversees the Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station, the five Rural Collection Centers, Waste Collection, and Waste Alternatives.
Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
Construction & demolition debris will no longer be accepted at the Environmental Park and Rural Collection Centers. More Information
The Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be closed on the following Holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed)
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July