Apartment/Condo Recycling

black recycle carts lined up in a white fence enclosureAll commercially-collected residential properties of five units or more units in the City of Gainesville are required to recycle designated materials as specified by the City’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance (Chapter 27, Article III, Division 3, Section 85-85). Any commercially-collected residential property generating 15% or more by volume of the designated recyclable materials in their waste stream are required to separate and recycle these materials. Each Multi-Family Property (apartments and condominiums) should have recycling containers on-site that are available and accessible to their residents.

The City of Gainesville’s Solid Waste Division is available to help multi-family properties fulfill the requirements of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Solid Waste Division professionals are available to provide technical assistance in starting up recycling programs, reaching compliance with the ordinance, and a listing of recycling collection companies. To contact the Solid Waste Division, please call (352) 334-2330 or email waste@cityofgainesville.org.

Recycling containers should be clearly labeled and easily identifiable from trash containers; however, recycling collection services, including the number of available recycling containers and material accepted for recycling, often varies between properties. Recycling collection may be centralized to one recycling collection area, or there may be multiple recycling containers distributed around a property. Recycling may be collected in carts or larger dumpster-sized containers. Residents should first contact their property management staff if they have questions about the recycling services available at their property. For additional questions, residents may contact City of Gainesville’s Solid Waste Division at (352) 334-2330 or waste@cityofgainesville.org.

Multi-family property residents should read through the list of accepted recyclables as indicated on the recycling containers, and only place those accepted materials in with the recycling. 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.

Designated Commercial Recyclable Materials

Any business generating 15% or more by volume of the designated recyclable materials in their waste stream are required to separate and recycle these materials.

PAPER MATERIALS

  • > Corrugated Cardboard
  • > Pasteboard
  • > Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, Manuals, Paper Bags, Phone Books, & Paperback Books
  • > Office Paper (including shredded paper) & Junk Mail (unwanted mail)

CONTAINER MATERIALS

  • > Metal Cans (steel and aluminum)
  • > Glass Bottles & Jars
  • > Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Jars & Tubs
  • > Cartons