Commercial & Business Recycling

Commercial Services

pair of large green commercial dumpstersAll commercially-collected waste generators in the City of Gainesville are required to arrange garbage collection services with one of the private companies authorized to provide services within the City. This includes construction and demolition debris collection and disposal services to properties within the City of Gainesville. Commercially-collected generators includes but is not limited to, businesses such as hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, retail stores, offices, institutions, apartments, and condominiums.

Commercial Services Within the City

It is unlawful to provide commercial service or containers for garbage or construction and demolition debris collection and disposal to properties in the City of Gainesville without an approved and valid franchise issued by the city (City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 27, Article III). Fore more information visit Commercial Franchise or contact the City's Solid Waste Division.

Commercial franchisees providing commercial service shall pay as compensation to the city, for the rights and benefits granted hereunder, a monthly fee of ten percent (10%) of gross revenues from the sale or lease of containers, from garbage and trash collection services, from all disposal billed, from late fees, from bad debt recoveries and from other fees collected from customers, with no deductions except for bad debts actually written off.

Commercial Recycling

All commercially-collected waste generators 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). Commercially-collected generators includes but is not limited to, businesses such as hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, retail stores, offices, institutions, apartments, and condominiums.


The City of Gainesville’s Solid Waste Division is available to help businesses 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 commercial service providers. To contact the Solid Waste Division, please call (352) 334-2330 or email waste@cityofgainesville.org.

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.

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.

Designated Commercial Recyclable Materials

PAPER MATERIALS

  • > Corrugated Cardboard
  • > Paperboard
  • > 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