Pay-As-You-Throw Program

About
About

Alachua County’s Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program charges households for solid waste collected based on the amount of waste that is thrown away. PAYT lets residents choose from four trash cart sizes based on household needs, offering savings for smaller carts.

Unincorporated Alachua County Rates ONLY
Cart Size Annual Cost (FY15-16) Estimated Load
Mini-Can $119.30 1 kitchen-sized bag of garbage
35 Gallon $137.59 2 kitchen-sized bags of garbage
64 Gallon $191.75 5 kitchen-sized bags of garbage
96 Gallon $283.50 7 kitchen-sized bags of garbage (For very large families)

*Your city rates may vary; call your city for more information.

Property owners in unincorporated Alachua County will see the refuse fee on the upcoming Tax Bill. The deadline to select a smaller cart size is September 15th. Those who choose a smaller size after this date may not realize the savings this year.

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Tips To Reduce Waste & Save Money
Tips To Reduce Waste & Save Money

Recycle Right: Do you have curbside trash pickup? If so, your recycling service is included at no additional cost. Call us to order bins and Click Here to see what items to recycle.

Let Nature Help: Composting is nature’s way of recycling our kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil. Approximately 15% to 20% of our waste can be diverted from landfills by composting! Call us for your FREE wire compost bin and a “Compost 101” brochure. Click Here for more information.

Reduce First: When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about paying to dispose of unwanted items. Choose products that are not heavily packaged or are easily recyclable.

Stay Back, Styrofoam! Not only does it leach toxins into hot food and beverages, but Styrofoam cannot be recycled in Alachua County’s curbside bins. Most Styrofoam is landfilled, and can take over a million years to decompose. Styrofoam egg cartons and trays can be recycled at some local grocery stores.

Please call Alachua County’s Solid Waste & Resource Recovery Department at 352-338-3233 with any questions.

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History
History

It may seem intuitive, but creating a waste management program that rewards people for producing less trash is very uncommon. In fact, our community was the first cart based PAYT program in the state, celebrating over 20 years of success. 

Alachua County’s PAYT program was successful almost immediately.  In one year, the county’s recycling rate increased by 25% and waste generation decreased dramatically. Significant reductions were made in waste generation, energy use and carbon emissions through reduced trips to the landfill. 

In the late 90’s, the last public landfill in the county closed. A new landfill site was determined, but the project was stopped by protests from the surrounding neighborhood. Instead, the county built a transfer station and began sending waste to a regional landfill in Union County. 

The industry has carefully conserved landfill space through increased waste reduction efforts and efficiency; however, Alachua County is still producing 500-700 tons of waste daily. Building new landfills is becoming harder to accomplish—nobody wants a landfill in their backyard. The reality is that many landfills are closing, and they are not being replaced with new facilities. We believe recycling our waste and rethinking the idea of “trash” is essential to extending the life of our landfills. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Contact

  • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
  • Phone: 352-374-5213
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)

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