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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

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The City of Gainesville has a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 27, Article III, Division 3, Sec. 85-88.  All commercial generators shall separate designated recycling materials and make them available for recycling.



The City of Gainesville's Office of Recycling can help you with suggestions on how to start your workplace recycling program today. The Office of Recycling staff are available to provide your business with information and technical assistance in recycling, reducing waste and saving money on your waste disposal cost.  By reviewing the Waste Reduction Tips  you will see where your business is now and what you can improve on in the future.  Keep in mind that Source Reduction is the preferred method of recycling.  For example, If the product is not recyclable or reusable then don't buy it in the first place, leave it on the shelf and use or buy an alternative that can be recycled or better still, used over and over again.  Always buy recycled content products over virgin material products whenever possible. 


This section is designed to assist commercial businesses in the development of a successful recycling program. If the items below comprise 15% or more of the volume of your business’ waste stream, these materials must be recycled:
Corrugated cardboard & pasteboard
Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, Manuals, Paperback books
Office paper & junk mail (including shredded paper)
Metal cans
Glass bottles & jars
Plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs
Gable top and aseptic cartons 
After you have determined which recyclable items comprise 15% or more of your waste stream you should contact your waste hauler or other recycling collection companies to determine collection service information. Call several companies to find the one that will suit your needs. 


If you have any questions or would like a cardboard office paper recycling box for your desk call the Solid Waste Division’s office of Recycling, (352) 393-7964.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Check out the A-Z Recycling Source and find out more ways on how to recycle your unwanted items.

Check out these sites:

            ▪ http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling             

            ▪ http://www.FloridaGreenLodging.org


 Last Update:  12/20/12