Commercial & Business Recycling


Effective April 3, 2020 and until further notice, Gainesville businesses that are temporarily closed for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency are exempt from enforcement of the city ordinance requiring a minimum level of service of once a week for garbage collection. City of Gainesville Solid Waste Inspectors will temporarily suspend enforcement of that requirement on any closed businesses until such time as they reopen. There is also no minimum collection requirement for recyclables. All businesses that are still generating garbage are still subject to the ordinance.


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 commercial service providers. 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.

Designated 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