· To reduce the need for more landfills.
· To reduce the amount of waste in our landfills.
· To save resources.
· To reduce the pollution that is caused by producing many of the items in our homes like plastic containers, batteries, etc. and reduce the pollution caused by disposing of these items.
· Recycling creates jobs.
· The more we recycle, the less we have to pay for garbage disposal.
Gainesville’s recycling program is called Big Blue and Big Orange curbside recycling. All City of Gainesville and Alachua County residents who receive curbside waste collection service have recycling available.
The city of Gainesville residents can get their bins by calling customer service at 334-2330 and Alachua County residents can get their blue or orange bins by calling customer service at 338-3233. To determine whether you live in the city or the county area, and for service maps and details, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/5chl28
Apartment community recycling is arranged by the owner or management of the complex. Please check with your landlord or management about the recycling that is available in your community.
Recycling and Garbage Pickup Information
The City of Gainesville and in Alachua County your recycling day will be the same as your garbage day. Recycling items must be placed in the respective blue and orange bins and placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.
To ensure your recycling will be picked up:
· Rinse out ALL Containers
· No caps or lids because lids and caps cannot be recycled. Metal lids CAN be recycled, so please leave them attached to cans or in the bottom of your bin.
· Save space in your bins by crushing plastic and metal containers.
· Leave the labels - it is okay to leave labels on all items.
Use Big Blue to recycle:
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic bottles and jars, yogurt cups and margarine tubs
- Metal cans (including empty aerosol cans)
- Milk and juice cartons
- NO broken glass
- NO plastic bags
- NO petroleum product containers, pool chemicals, pesticide containers or food trays
- NO scrap metal, paint cans or aluminum foil.
- NO window panes, glasses, Pyrex or other dishes.
Use Big Orange to recycle:
- Newspapers and brown paper bags
- Magazines, catalogs and telephone books
- Wrapping, Packing, & Shredded paper
- Corrugated cardboard & Pasteboard no larger than 3x3. Flatten boxes and place them in or under Big Orange
- Office paper & junk mail
- Paperback books, workbooks and soft-back textbooks
- NO food contaminated boxes (i.e. Pizza boxes, donut boxes, etc.)
The above information is from the Alachua County Waste Collection and Alachua County/City of Gainesville Recycling.