Mandatory Commercial Recycling

pair of large green commercial dumpstersAll 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 recycling collection companies. To contact the Solid Waste Division, please call (352) 334-2330 or email

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.

Designed Commercial Recyclable Materials


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


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