Sustainable Solid Waste Management - Program Update
During the next 10 years, solid waste management in Alachua County will change significantly.
Alachua County has taken steps to shape the future of solid waste by adopting a
75% recycling goal in the Comprehensive Plan.
Beginning in 2008, the County Commission requested that staff evaluate options for
increasing the diversion of solid waste from landfills. Staff, with the assistance
of consultants, have studied the feasibility of converting the County’s existing
transfer station into a materials recovery facility as well as the feasibility of
recycling organics. The materials recovery facility would recover valuable materials
from the waste stream that can be used in an organics recycling facility while also
keeping solid waste system costs as low as possible. By converting to a materials
recovery facility, the County can maximize the recovery of materials from the mixed
waste stream. This will assist the County in meeting the 75% recycling goals established
by Florida Statute and the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Development of this plan
is essential to ensure the availability of waste to support the innovative projects
that the County are planning, including a Resource Recovery Park, organics recycling
and other alternative technologies that may emerge.
The following documents have been presented to the Board of County Commissioners.