Gainesville Zero Waste News

November 2020 Issue

Recycle Your Holiday Lights! Free Recycling Drop-off Locations

bundle of old Christmas light strings with colorful bulbsAre you looking to refresh your holiday decorations but don’t know what to do with all those old, broken, burned-out, impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights leftover from last year?

Good News! The City of Gainesville is ready to help you recycle those old sets of holiday lights. You can drop-off old sets of holiday lights for recycling at the City of Gainesville Public Works Facility located at 405 NW 39th Ave. from November 16th through January 29th. No set is too tangled to be recycled!
  • ✅ ACCEPTED: Light strings with incandescent, LED, and “icicle” lights, along with wires and attached bulbs.
  • ❌ NOT ACCEPTED: Fluorescent tubes, Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), Bubble lights, Liquid-filled lights, or Neon lights (These items can be recycled at Alachua County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center).

holiday lights recycle collection cart in front of buildingDROP-OFF DETAILS: Look for the Holiday Lights recycling container just outside the main office doors. Please only drop-off lights during daylight hours and remove light strings from packing material and bags before dropping them off for recycling.

Holiday lights can also be recycled at any one of the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. For more information on these drop-off locations, visit Alachua County Drop-Off Centers.

Replacing old incandescent lights can save you money on your electric bill. LED lights use 80-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED lights also last up to 100,000 hours versus only 3,000 hours from incandescent lights.

For more information, call 352-334-2330.

Reminder: ❌ Do not place holiday lights in your home recycle bins.

October 2020 Issue

Show Your Support for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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. By participating in the "Roll Breast Cancer to the Curb" Pink Cart Program you’ll not only be funding research for a cure, but you’ll also be helping to raise breast cancer awareness by displaying your pink cart at your curb each week all year.

This "Roll Breast Cancer to the Curb" program is only available to residential customers of the City of Gainesville. If you live outside the City of Gainesville limits, please contact your waste collection service provider for information on their programs.

How to participate?

1) First, make your donation of $50 or more online to the American Cancer Society. Be sure to type in “City of Gainesville” in the search bar and then select “City of Gainesville – Team: Roll Breast Cancer to the Curb – Event: Making Strides of Gainesville”. See example below:

Amercian Cancer Society Search Bar Screen Print

2) Next, complete the Pink Cart Request Form online.

Online Pink Cart Request Form

3) Then, be sure to set your current trash cart out each week on your scheduled collection days, so that delivery crews will be able exchange your current cart for a pink cart.

Please note:

  • > Deliveries are generally completed within 2 to 4 weeks; however, due to inventory delays, some deliveries may take longer to complete.
  • > Donations must be confirmed prior to the delivery of your pink cart.
  • > Pink carts are not available in the 20-gallon sized cart, as the manufacturer of the pink carts doesn’t make this size cart.
  • > Donations made to the American Cancer Society by residents not eligible for this program cannot be refunded by the City of Gainesville.

Everyone has an important part to play in battling breast cancer from funding research, to reminding those we love to get screened, to scheduling personal appointments to get checked. The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer so that we all can live longer and better.

For more information on the City of Gainesville’s Pink Cart program, call 352-334-2330 or email This program is sponsored annually by the City of Gainesville and WCA of Florida.

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer logo