Residential Recycling & Garbage

After the Storm
After the Storm

Alachua County is working hard to pick up storm debris around the county. To make things go smoothly please follow these tips:
- Place all debris curbside in large piles ready to be picked up. 
- Please do not place any debris in paper bags or in garbage containers during this collection period.
- Make sure not to have any debris in the roadway.
- Trees must be place curbside for us to be able to collect them.
- Stumps do not need to be removed from trees.

 
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Our contractors are continuing to bring in resources, and as new monitors and trucks are FEMA certified, we will assign debris removal vehicles to additional areas. Our contractors will continue to work seven days a week until all storm debris collection is completed.
Today we are continuing storm debris collection in the following areas:
NW Millhopper Road
West Newberry Road
Hawthorne Road
East University Avenue
SW Archer Road
 
 
We ask that our residents remain patient and call our Waste Collection Office at 352-338-3233 if you need more information. This list will be updated as areas are added. Thanks so much to you all for your cooperation and patience!
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Disaster Debris Collection After the Storm
Disaster Debris Collection After the Storm
  
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After the Storm Curbside Collection
After the Storm Curbside Collection

8:00 PM 9/19/2017 Hurricane Irma Recovery: Solid Waste Yard Waste Update

Curbside collection for Wednesday 9/20/17:  The County is running yard trash routes for containerized yard trash Monday-Thursday.  Tomorrow, WCA will focus on the following neighborhoods to collect containerized yard waste:
Hayes Glenn
Abbey Glen
Cheney Walk
Longleaf
Mentone
Deer Run
Hunters Glen
San Felasco Estates
Strawberry Fields
Belmont
Turnberry Lake
Buckingham South
Cobblefield
 
Today,WCA worked on collecting containerized yard trash pick up in the following neighborhoods:
 
Wilds plantation
Valwood
SW 24th Ave corridor 
Cobblefield
Buckingham south
 
Large Debris pick up for Wednesday 9/20/17:
 
Our contractors will be in the following areas:
 
Finishing Lake Forest moving to East University and Lakeshore Drive
Spring Forest working west along Millhopper Road
West hills moving west along Newberry Road
SE Hawthorne road moving west towards Kincaid Hills
 
A couple of reminders for our residents:
 
       We are asking residents to consolidate vegetative debris piles as much as possible to expedite collection
       Remember to keep emergency storm demolition debris separate from vegetative debris
       If you have emergency storm demolition debris we ask that you call for a pick up and we will schedule for you:  352-338-3233
 
Finally we ask for our residents to be patient, remember to be kind and thank your customer service folks, your drivers and your contractors, they are working hard to help us all recover from this disaster event.  They have homes and families too and many are away their loved ones to work for our community. 

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Additional After the Storm Contact Informtation
Additional After the Storm Contact Informtation

There are many ways to get help after a storm Alachua County Emergency Management has been helping to post those online to help out our community find the best way to get help for your situtation.  You may qualify for more than one program so please read through these carefully.  You must apply and contact these organizations yourself, they will not contact you.

If your home or business was damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma, we ask that you please go to www.alachuarecovers.org to submit photos and additional information.
This information will assist us in successfully receiving a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which opens up FEMA recovery resources to Alachua County residents. We thank you in advance for your help!
 
 
 US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency
 
If you have suffered damage and loss from Hurricane Irma, you may apply for federal assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov.
You may also register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
 
Below is a list of financial assistance programs that may be available for Alachua County residents in connection with Hurricane Irma.
FEMA ASSISTANCE

Alachua County residents affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more. To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#

TAX RELIEF

Alachua County residents granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/news…/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma
 
DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to business owners in the area. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disasterassistance/hurricane-irma.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.
 
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Residents who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.
 
MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/por…/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).
 
HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4
 
For additional information please visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#
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After the Storm Notices
After the Storm Notices

For current boil water notifications in your area please visit the Florida Department of Health Website dedicated to that information at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/drinking-water/boil-water-notices.html

Florida Health

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Additional After the Storm Contact Informtation
Additional After the Storm Contact Informtation

Dear Floridians, 

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. 

This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, I encourage every Floridian affected by this storm to apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial help or even direct assistance for things such as: clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses and more. 

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay. 

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. 

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits. 

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state. 

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at: IrmaAssistance@billnelson.senate.gov, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below. 

Sincerely, 
 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
If you need emergency help call 9-1-1. 

HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). 

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies. 

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#. 

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance. 

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center. 

MENTAL HEALTH

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Hucfor more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events. 

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma. 

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400. 

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365. 

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643). 

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4 

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm 

BILL NELSON OFFICES IN FLORIDA 

Broward 
3416 South University Drive 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328 
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers 
2000 Main Street 
Suite 801 
Fort Myers, FL 33901 
Phone: 239-334-7760 

Jacksonville 
1301 Riverplace Blvd. 
Suite 2010 
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500 

Miami-Dade 
2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard 
Suite 610 
Coral Gables, FL 33134 
Phone: 305-536-5999 

Orlando 
225 East Robinson Street 
Suite 410 
Orlando, FL 32801 
Phone: 407-872-7161 

Tallahassee 
111 North Adams Street 
Tallahassee, FL 32301 
Phone: 850-942-8415 

Tampa 
801 N. Florida Ave. 
4th Floor 
Tampa, FL 33602 
Phone: 813-225-7040 

West Palm Beach 
413 Clematis Street 
Suite 210 
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189
 
 
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Mission
Mission
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To provide courteous and effective waste collection services to citizens of Alachua County, and to help those citizens manage and reduce their household waste.​​

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Functions
Functions
  • Manages collection contracts and programs by cooperative effort with City of Gainesville
  • Manages, along with the City of Gainesville, a curbside collection program within the mandatory collection area - the first volume-based cart system in Florida
  • Develops and manages all non-ad valorem assessments
  • Manages and operates disposal facilities outside the mandatory collection area
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Did You Know?
Did You Know?

​Alachua County currently recycles 54% of its waste. Keep recycling Alachua County!

Curbside collection of recyclables began in 1989 in Alachua County.

Alachua County operates a Materials Recovery Facility at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park. Call (352) 374-5213 to schedule a tour!​​

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Recycling Lights and Cords
Recycling Lights and Cords

​​​The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternative reminds residents that they can recycle holiday light strings free of charge at the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park, and the Gainesville Public Works Department all year round. Holiday lights contain brass, copper, and plastic, and will ultimately get recycled into new items.

Holiday lights recycling hours and addresses:
 
The Rural Collection Centers
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Alachua/High Springs (16929 N.W. US Hwy 441)
Archer (19401 S.W. Archer Road)
Fairbanks (9920 N.E. Waldo Road)
North Central (10714 N. SR 121)
Phifer (11700 S.E. Hawthorne Road)
 
Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center - Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
5125 N.E. 63rd Ave., Gainesville
 
Alachua County Waste Alternatives Manager Patrick Irby said, “As you hang lights this holiday season, you may find that some of them need to be discarded or upgraded. This keeps unwanted or broken holiday lights out of the landfill.”
 
For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-338-3233.
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Contact

  • Waste Collection
  • 5620 NW 120th Lane
  • Gainesville, FL 32653
  • Phone: 352-338-3233
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    7:00am-5:30pm

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