Outreach & Education

Community Services
Community Services

Shelley and Henry Table at FMNH events

​Alachua County Recycles offers FREE programs to community groups that are interested in learning about solid waste management practices in Alachua County. Your organization can invite our staff to festivals, fairs, meetings or other events to present our programs or resources. To reach Alachua County Recycles for a program or service, listed below by emailing ssamec@alachuacounty.us or by calling (352)548-1297.  Please provide the following information:

1) Contact name

2) Contact  phone number

3) Contact email

4) Age range of participants

5) How many people will be participating

6) A few dates and times in which you would like to have this tour/presentation/activity

Alanna at event talking about recycling



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Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station Tour
Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station Tour

We offer free educational tours of the Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station, for individuals and community groups. On your guided trolley tour of our working facility, you will see how municipal solid waste, hazardous waste and recycling is managed in Alachua County. Book a tour by calling (352) 338-3233.​Alanna giving tour 01.jpg

The Leveda Brown Environmental Park is located at 5115 NE 63rd Ave. Map.  Follow NE 63rd Ave until you see our facility entrance on the right. Keep to the right after entering the facility (do not follow garbage trucks over the scale ramp). Guests may park in the parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center building. There are green signs directing you to this parking lot as you drive in. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Bus parking is available near the grass, across from the cardboard dumpsters. The tour will last approximately one hour.   ​
Included in your behind the scenes tour:
•           A brief history of solid waste management in Alachua County
•           How various waste components are disposed of in Alachua County
•           Which items can be recycled in Alachua County
•           How recyclables are processed
•           How to properly dispose of hazardous materials
 
Questions are encouraged throughout our tours.  Please make sure that all members of your group wear closed-toe shoes as we do get out and walk during a portion of the tour.  This is an outside activity so please bring water if needed and jackets if the weather looks to be overcast. 
Our goal is to make this a personalized experience for you and your group. We value your feedback! Please take a few moments after the tour, and complete a brief evaluation form here.  
If for any reason you need to cancel or are running late the day of the tour, please call the Transfer Station at 352-334-0172.​​
 
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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Presentation
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Presentation

Alanna presenting to preschoolers at TalbotOur Reduce, Reuse and Recycle presentations are educational and engaging for all ages. With optional hands-on activities and games, we can tailor our programs to meet the needs of your group’s size and knowledge level.

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Composting
Composting

Two different types of backyard composters. One is a wire bin, the other is plastic.

During our composting presentation you will learn about the process of composting and how to start a compost pile in your backyard or for your organization.  What is compost? Why start composting? Waste Alternatives staff provide a basic understanding of composting; a great way to reduce the amount of food and organics waste in your trash bin.​​  This program can be designed for all age groups.

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Recycled Paper Bead Making
Recycled Paper Bead Making

Recycled paper bead making 

Trees are so amazing. They provide us with clean air to breath, food, shelter, animal habitats, carbon sequestration and useful materials like paper! Learn why it’s important to conserve natural resources and recycle paper through this fun hands-on upcycling project. During this instructor led activity, participants will make colorful beads from strips of magazine pages, glue and yarn. All materials will be provided.

Recycled Paper Beads 

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Paper Making
Paper Making

Paper making process

What happens after we put paper in the recycle bin? With a scaled-down version of what happens at the recycle mills, staff will demonstrate how recycled paper is reduced back down to fiber pulp, pressed, dried and turned into new paper. Time and facilities permitting, an instructor led activity can be included and participants can try their hand at making their own paper. All materials will be provided. 

Adults making recycled paper 

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Going Plastic Free
Going Plastic Free

Ways to go plastic free

 

Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution. Single-use plastic, such as straws, cutlery, cups, bags, containers and packaging are some of the ways we personally contribute to this global problem. Learning to use less disposable plastic is one of the easiest ways we can take individual responsibility and make a positive impact on our planet. Learn ways to break the plastic habit when shopping, eating, cleaning etc. during this informative and engaging presentation. 

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Don’t be a Litterbug
Don’t be a Litterbug

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Waste Alternatives staff discuss the effects of litter to our natural areas. Staff also discusses how you can help control litter locally with our Adopt-A-Road Program.  To sign up to adopt a road today visit ​

https://www.kacb.org/adopt-a-road


Litter clean up during the Great American Cleanup


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  • Gainesville, FL 32653
  • Phone: 352-374-5213
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