Residential Collection

Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste & Bulk Item Pick up Collection Services

trash cart set out for collection curbside along with recycle bins and yard wasteThe Solid Waste Division oversees residential collection services within the limits of the City of Gainesville. Residential collection services for Trash (household garbage), Recycling (bottles, cans, papers), Yard Waste (yard trash), and Bulk Item Pick Up (furniture) are carried out by the City’s contractor Waste Corporation of America (WCA). Collections services for Appliances and Electronics are available by appointment. The combined collection services are charged to residents on their monthly Gainesville Regional Utility (GRU) bill under the heading “Refuse.”

Trash (Garbage)


Yard Waste

Bulk Item Pick Up

Collection services are once a week for residential homes on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. To determine your collection day, visit the online interactive collection schedule map or call (352) 334-2330. During scheduled holiday weeks collections will be delayed by one day after the observed holiday day.

Find Out Your Collection Day

collection day map

Click on the map to find out your collection day

Each home should already have an assigned trash cart and recycling bins (blue and orange bins). If you are missing a trash cart or recycling bins, please contact the Solid Waste Division at (352) 334-2330. Requests for replacement or additional recycling bins can also be submitted online. There is no additional fee for new or replacement recycling bins.



four black trash carts from smallest to largest in sizeResidents are encouraged to make less waste and save money by selecting the trash cart size that best fits their needs. New residents have 30 days after initiating services at a home to request a trash cart size change without being charged an additional fee. After 30 days, there will be a $13.50 service fee for changing cart size. Please contact the Solid Waste Division at (352) 334-2330 to request a trash cart size change.

Mini-cart (20 gallons) 1 kitchen-sized bag per week $18.50
Small (35 gallons) 2 to 3 kitchen-sized bags per week $24.00
Medium (64 gallons) 4 to 5 kitchen-sized bags per week $29.75
Large (96 gallons) 6 to 7 kitchen-sized bags per week $37.00
*additional fees for backyard collection services     




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Pink trash cart with Fight Against Breast Cancer ribbon on the sideThe City of Gainesville is teaming up with WCA of Florida to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by offering residents a unique opportunity to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. For an annual donation of $50 or more to the American Cancer Society, residents can obtain a pink trash cart with the ribbon logo on the side to replace their current black trash cart at home. Find out more...