Recycling Bins


Your recycling day is the same as your garbage collection day. Recyclable items must be placed at the curb by 7 am and removed from the curb by 9 pm on your collection day.  Place the recycle bins at least four (4) feet from the garbage cart to prevent interference & spillage.

New additions: 
Blue Bin: Gable top and aseptic cartons.
Orange Bin: Paperback books and clean pizza boxes. (Always try to donate the books first before recycling them at curbside).

To get a recycling bin call (352) 334-2330 or click below to order online:
Order a recycle bin
Schedule a large appliance or electronics pickup

Bulk items such as furniture, do it yourself inside construction and other inside items too large for your garbge cart are automatically picked up - there is no need to call in to schedule them.

 

Recycling Guidelines

Blue Bin  Orange Bin
Glass bottles and jars
Plastic bottles, jugs, jars & tubs 
Steel/tin cans (empty aerosol included)
Aluminum cans
Gable top and aseptic cartons
Newspapers/magazines/catalogs
Telephone books/manuals/paperback books 
Paper bags/wrapping, packing & shredded paper
Corrugated cardboard & pasteboard
Office paper & junk mail

Plastics:  Plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs will be collected except containers that held hazardous materials such as pesticides, petroleum products and pool chemicals. Empty household bleach bottles are acceptable. Rinse containers.  Caps are now okay to recycle and so are the pliable tub lids.  Plastic bags, food trays or polystyrene (commonly referred to as "Styrofoam," a trade-marked material) products are NOT accepted at curbside. Source reduction is the preferred method of recycling, for example, use reusable shopping bags in place of plastic bags, do not purchase anything with food trays and use washable or biodegradable containers instead of purchasing Styrofoam containers.

Aluminum, Tin/Steel Cans: Rinse all containers and place lids inside cans for safety. Aerosol cans must be empty. Labels are OK.

Glass Bottles and Jars: Rinse all containers. Metal & plastic lids can now be recycled.. Labels are OK.  No drinking glasses, dishes or other ceramics. No broken glass.

Gabletop & Aseptic Cartons will be added to the blue bin starting January 1, 2013.  Gable top cartons are juice and milk cartons  with the top that looks like a gable.  Aseptic cartons hold juice or other liquids that look like a box.

Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, Phone Books, Manuals, Paperback Books, Paper Bags, Office Paper, Junk Mail, Wrapping, Packing and Shredded Paper: These paper products should be placed in the orange bin with the blue bin placed on top for protection from rain or wind. Shredded paper must be placed in a paper bag to prevent litter.  No plastic bags or foil wrapping paper.  To practice Source Reduction try this Opt-Out website for telephone books:  www.yellowpagesoptout.com

Corrugated Cardboard and Pasteboard: Flatten boxes and place them in or under your orange recycling container.  Place blue bin on top of orange bin to help keep paper dry on rainy days.   If boxes are larger than 4 ft. X 4 ft. cut them down to size.  Clean pizza boxes are OK. (Some oil residue is acceptable but no food contamination).  No food contaminated boxes (i.e. pizza, cake, or donut boxes) as the food residue will contaminate the clean cardboard and pasteboard.

Also visit these websites:
www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/pw/waste/recycling/bigblue
www.obviously.com/recycle/guides/common

Find out "What Happens to Your Recycle Material" after it leaves the curb.

If the item you wish to recycle is not accepted at curbside then check out the A-Z Recycling Source for alternative ways to locally recycle all types of materials.

To learn about other types of collection, follow the links below:
Garbage cart information
Yard waste information

Last Updated June 18, 2014