Rural Collection Centers

Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers (RCCs)
Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers (RCCs)

Image of Collection center attendant Helping customer alongside trash compactor. 

Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers (RCCs) serve Alachua County residents.

The five Rural Collection Centers are rural, regional facilities for the collection of recycling, solid waste, yard trash, bulk items and household hazardous waste. These facilities are for residential use. The centers are staffed by Solid Waste and Resource Recovery employees during all operating hours.

  • If you live outside the county, please see the attendant for information about a residential Out-of-County Use Permit.

  • Commercially generated waste is prohibited. Please visit the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station for more information on disposing of commercial waste.​

Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers (RCC) locations
Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers (RCC) locations
What can I drop off at a RCC?
What can I drop off at a RCC?


  • Cardboard (please ensure cardboard is dry & flattened)
  • Paper: junk mail, newspaper, magazines, paste board (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • Commingled containers: plastic bottles/jars, plastic yogurt/margarine tubs, aluminum, steel & tin containers, glass bottles/jars.

 **No plastic bags, food trays, any black plastics, plastic cups, plant-based plastics, plastic toys, tubs or Styrofoam. Also, please no Clamshell (blueberry etc.) take-out, petroleum product, pool chemical or pesticide containers. ​


Please place trash bags in available compactor or in dumpster if directed. Please refrain form leaving items outside the gate if the center is closed.

Yard Waste

Leaves, Grass Clippings, Brush and Small Tree Limbs.

Please remove yard waste from plastic bags before recycling.

Please do not include: Boards, Lumber, Rocks, Fencing, Pallets, Toys, Furniture, or plastic bags.

Bulk Metals Recycling

Washers & Dryers, Stoves, Grills, Filing Cabinets, Metal Exercise Machines, Metal Patio Furniture, Metal Roofing, Bicycles, and Lawn Mowers & Other Gas-Powered Equipment

(Please Empty Gas & Oil - Attendant’s Must Check Gas Powered Items)

Rural Collection Centers cannot accept: Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Metal Fencing, or Intact Metal Sheds. To recycle these items please take them to The Leveda Brown Environmental Park

Household Hazardous Waste

Oil filters, fluorescent lamps, rechargeable batteries, vehicle/boat batteries, computer equipment, electronics, and up to five gallons of waste oil and old paint per day are accepted. No items can be removed from the Household Hazardous Waste Area at any of the RCCs.

Reuse Area

Place any gently used items (such as toys, pots and pans, furniture, etc.) in the Reuse Area for other RCC patrons. Only 15-minute visit per day per customer. All items in the Reuse Area are FREE to Alachua County residents. 

Load Limits

One visit per day to one of the five RCCs. The load limit is one level truck bed per day of any combination of bagged household garbage, yard waste or any other acceptable item.​

Image showing two trucks. One has a level load and the other is overflowing with garbage.

What are the hours of the RCCs?
What are the hours of the RCCs?

7:30am – 5:30 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday.

NOTE: Closed on Sunday, Wednesday, & Thursday

The RCCs are closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, JR. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independance Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day.
Contact Information for RCCs
Contact Information for RCCs
Archer Rural Collection Center
19401 SW Archer Road 
Archer, FL 32618
Phone: (352) 495-3257

Alachua/High Springs Rural Collection Center
16929 SW US Highway 441
High Springs, FL 32643
Phone: (386) 454-2563

Fairbanks Rural Collection Center
9920 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: (352) 334-3873

North Central Rural Collection Center
10714 N SR 121
Gainesville, FL 32653
Phone: (352) 334-3875

Phifer Rural Collection Center
11700 SE Hawthorne Road
Gainesville, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 334-3874​

Follow Us