Media Release

Buying S.M.A.R.T. Can Save You Money and Reduce Your Trash

Thursday, October 4, 2007 1:00 AM

4:18 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Paper or plastic? Learn the earth-friendly answer to this and other shopping questions from the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives. Representatives will be at a local grocery stores Thursdays in October to offer shoppers information about how to buy S.M.A.R.T. (Save Money And Reduce Trash).

Buy S.M.A.R.T. is all about using the 4 R's when shopping: reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.  Can it be recycled after you're done? Or reused? Is it over packaged? Is the packaging made from recycled content? Well if you are not sure visit the Office of Waste Alternatives staff at your local grocery store Thursdays this fall.  The following is a list of locations and dates where you can find out more information about how you can Buy S.M.A.R.T.:

All shoppers who wish to be education on how to be a S.M.A.R.T. shopper will receive a free reusable shopping bag and a Buy S.M.A.R.T. pocket guide.

October 4, 4-6 p.m.
Publix Steeplechase
14130 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

October 11 4-6 p.m.
Hitchcock's in Alachua
15560 NW US Highway 441 32616

October 18 4-6 p.m.
Hitchcock's in Newberry
24220 W Newberry Road 32669

October 25, 3-5 p.m.
High Springs Farmers Market (weather permitting)
Behind City Hall around the sinkhole between N.W. First and Second Avenues
High Springs, Florida

Learn how to buy S.M.A.R.T. and remember Embrace Zero Waste!

For more information on Buy S.M.A.R.T, please call (352) 374-5213.



  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).