Mandatory Commercial Recycling

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The City of Gainesville has a mandatory commercial recycling ordinance (Chapter 27, Article III, Division 3, Sec. 85-88). All commercial generators shall separate designated recycling materials and make them available for recycling.

The Office of Recycling can help you with suggestions on how to start your workplace recycling program today. Staff are available to provide your business with information and technical assistance in recycling, reducing waste and saving money on your waste disposal cost.

This section is designed to assist commercial businesses in the development of a successful recycling program. If the items below comprise 15% or more of the volume of your business's waste stream, these materials must be recycled:

  • Corrugated cardboard and pasteboard
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, manuals, paperback books
  • Office paper and junk mail (including shredded paper)
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs
  • Milk and juice cartons

After you have determined which recyclable items comprise 15% or more of your waste stream, you should contact your waste hauler or other recycling collection companies to determine collection service information. Call several companies to find the one that suits your needs.  

Check out the A-Z Recycling Source and find out more ways to recycle your unwanted items, or visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s page on recycling.