Residential Recycling Collection


woman place orange and blue recycle bins out for collection near black trash cartRecycling benefits us and the environment in numerous ways. Recycling conserves natural resources, lowers Greenhouse Gas emissions, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, reduces air and water pollution, and helps to create jobs domestically. Make a difference by actively and correctly participating in the City of Gainesville’s Curbside Recycling Program.

Collection Guidelines for Recycling

  • > Set recycling bins out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day (same day as your trash collection day). Remove your recycle bins from the curb between collection days (removed by 9 p.m. the day collection has occurred).


  • > Only place accepted materials for recycling in your recycle bins. See a list of accepted and not accepted materials below.
  • > Place recycle bins at least 4 feet on each side from trash carts, yard waste, or other obstacles.

recycle bins set at least four feet from black trash cart

  • > Help prevent litter and keep papers dry by setting your blue bin on top of your orange bin.
  • > Never put your recyclables in plastic bags.
  • > Contact the City before moving and leave the recycle bins behind for use by the new residents.
  • > To request replacement recycle bins or request additional recycle bins, call 352-334-2330 or submit a request online.

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Materials Accepted for Recycling

cover page of quick print list of recyclables



(all containers must be empty and clean of food residue)

Glass Bottles & Jars

Recyclable green brown clear and blue glass bottles and jars

  • > Food and beverage glass only
  • > Remove lids and caps
  • > NO tableware or ceramics
  • > NO broken glass or mirrors

Metal Cans (Steel & Aluminum)

steel and aluminum cans that are recyclable

  • > Aerosol cans must be fully emptied
  • > Rinse out cans
  • > NO aluminum foil, pans or trays
  • > NO scrap metal
  • > NO stainless steel water bottles or thermoses

Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Tubs

Recyclable plastic bottles tubs and jars

  • > Remove lids and caps
  • > NO plastic bags, wrap, cups or tubes
  • > NO Styrofoam materials
  • > NO plastic clamshell, egg cartons, or deli containers
  • > NO plastic utensils or straws
  • > NO microwavable trays

Cartons (Tetra Pak & Gable-top)

Recyclable milk and juice cartons

  • > Food and beverage cartons only
  • > Remove plastic caps
  • > NO pouches or straws
  • > NO take-out containers



(remove all plastic bags and plastic wrap)

Cardboard Boxes

Recyclable cardboard boxes that are flattened down

  • > Flatten boxes into pieces no larger than 4 ft. by 4 ft.
  • > Remove any plastic film and Styrofoam packing materials
  • > NO boxes with food residue, such as greasy pizza boxes


Recyclable paperboard boxes

  • > Remove plastic windows from pasta and tissue boxes
  • > Paper egg cartons are okay
  • > NO bakery or donut boxes
  • > NO paper plates or cups

Newspapers, Magazines, Office Paper & Junk Mail

Recyclable newspapers and magazinesRecyclable office paper and junk mail

  • > Remove plastic wrap from magazines and catalogs
  • > Remove plastic bags from newspapers
  • > Shredded paper must be placed inside a closed paper bag and labeled "Shredded Paper" on the outside of the bag (no plastic bags)
  • > NO bubble envelopes
  • > NO papers with foil or glitter

Paper Bags & Phone Books

Recyclable brown and white paper bagsGainesville Real Yellow Pages phone book

  • > Remove and discard magnets from phone books
  • > Remove food and wrappings
  • > Paperback books and manuals are okay
  • > NO glossy type gift boxes
  • > NO popcorn bags
  • > NO pet food bags

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTEDNo Plastic Bag red circle with line through it

  • > NO Plastic Bags
  • > NO Garbage or Food Waste
  • > NO Styrofoam or Take-out Boxes
  • > NO Batteries or Light Bulbs
  • > NO Cords or Coat Hangers
  • > NO Plastic Clamshells or Non-Rigid Plastics

When contaminants (items not accepted for recycling) make their way into the recycling stream, it increases the overall processing cost of recyclables. Contaminants cause damage to the expensive sorting equipment at the processing facility and devalue the marketability of the recyclables.

Any items not specifically listed as accepted for recycling in the Gainesville program should not be placed in your recycle bins. Examples of items NOT accepted for recycling include: any type plastic bags, shrink wrap, plastic mailing envelopes, foam or Styrofoam® materials, plastic air-pillows, to-go or take out boxes, plastic clamshell containers, six-pack rings, resealable storage bags, bubble wrap or bubble wrap envelopes, plastic straws, microwavable trays, plastic egg cartons, plastic utensils, coat hangers (plastic or metal), aluminum foil, aluminum pans or trays, scrap metal, pots or pans, appliances, full or partially full aerosol cans, stainless steel water bottles, thermoses, glassware, dishes, ceramics, silverware, broken glass, mirrors, light bulbs, juice pouches, paper towels, paper napkins, tissues, thermal paper cash register receipts, glossy photographs, paper straws, bakery boxes, paper plates or cups, coffee cups or lids, popcorn bags, pet food bags, glossy type gift bags, hardcover books, batteries, hazardous waste, electronics, electric cords, laundry baskets, yard edging, toys, or any food contaminated containers or papers.