Zero Waste Town Hall - Final Discussion on New Solid Waste Ordinance

The City of Gainesville Zero Waste Subcommittee is hosting its final meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the City Hall Auditorium (200 E. University Ave.). This town hall-type forum is the culmination of nearly a year of subcommittee work in the city’s strategic pursuit of its zero waste goal. 

Commissioners Adrian Hayes-Santos, Harvey Ward, Reina Saco and David Arreola will join city experts Michael Heimbach, sustainability manager, and Solid Waste Program Coordinator Thomas Strickland to provide an overview of the new proposed ordinance and answer questions about how these policy changes might affect households, neighborhoods and businesses.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Food waste diversion
  • Community reuse
  • Business and multifamily recycling requirements
  • Commercial garbage collection requirements
  • Special event waste diversion
  • Single-use plastics

The meeting will provide an opportunity for neighbors and business owners to provide feedback on the city’s new Solid Waste Ordinance. Limited capacity is available for the public to attend in person. Safety protocols, including masks and temperature checks, are required for meeting participants.

The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Gainesville website, Facebook and Community 12TV. Virtual public comment can be made during the meeting by dialing in toll free at 1-800-742-1099.

Participants may provide comments on proposed ordinance in advance of the meeting by visiting the e-comment option on the “Agenda & Minutes” page.