Residential Recycling & Garbage

Orange and Blue Recycling Bins filled with recycling and placed on the curb

To provide courteous and effective waste collection services to citizens of Alachua County, and to help those citizens manage and reduce their household waste.​​

  • 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
Did You Know?
Did You Know?

​Alachua County currently recycles 68% 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!​​

Terracycle ​has free resources for recycling items that are not accepted in curbside or storefront programs.

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.



  • 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

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