Solid Waste Division

Welcome to the Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division is responsible for coordinating residential collection services in the City of Gainesville for garbage, recycling, bulk items, yard waste and other materials. The Solid Waste Division is also responsible monitoring commercial operations and the enforcement of the City's Solid Waste Code of Ordinances (Chapter 27, Article III).  The Solid Waste Division also sponsors various cleanup projects within the Gainesville community, including the Adopt-A-Street program. The Solid Waste Division offices are located at 405 NW 39th Avenue with weekday hours from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, except for scheduled holidays.Customer Service is available by phone weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM, except for scheduled holidays.

Find Out Your Collection Day

collection day map

Click on the map to find out your collection day

Recycle Your Holiday Lights at Free Drop-off Locations

bundle of old style wired holiday lightsAre 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. To find out drop-off information visit

Recycle Your Tree After the Holidays!

Christmas tree set out curbside for collectionEnjoy Make it a holly, jolly, sustainable holiday season, and be sure to properly prepare your natural tree for recycling when the holidays are over. More than 1,200 holiday trees were collected curbside for recycling in the City of Gainesville last year.

STEP 1: Remove all decorations (tinsel, ornaments, hooks, lights, etc.) and tree stands. No artificial, “flocked” trees, houseplants, or other potted plants.

STEP 2: Place your tree curbside for collection for removal on your regular scheduled collection day. Trees are collected by the yard waste crews, so remember to set your tree out at least 4 feet from your garbage cart and recycle bins. Do not set out trees in large bags.

Please note:

> Natural wreaths can be recycled in yard waste containers if all decorations and wires are removed.

> Artificial (fake) trees can not be recycled, but they can be collected as a bulk waste item. Artificial trees should be broken down into pieces if longer than five (5) feet in length.

> Artificial (fake) trees in reasonably good condition can also be dropped off for donation at some local reuse stores, such as The Repurpose Project. For a full list of local reuse stores, visit

Ready, Set, Recycle! Go to the Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide

Enjoy our easy to use Gainesville Recycling Resource Guide that helps you learn if something can be recycled, composted, donated, repaired, or resold. Just type in the name of the item, and the Recycling Resource Guide will provide you with the most up-to-date options for reuse and recycle options.

woman in red shirt showing what is on the screen of her laptop computerFrom Aerosol Cans to Zip Disks (and everything in between), the Recycling Resource Guide will tell you if an item is hazardous to handle, accepted curbside for recycling, or where it can be dropped off locally. By following the information provided in the Recycling Resource Guide, you’ll be helping to prevent good materials from going to the landfill and providing a second life for your items.

The Recycling Resource Guide is an informational directory to assist residents and businesses with finding local options for the sustainable management of unwanted materials. Please be sure to confirm with drop-off locations before arriving to verify site location, materials accepted, and hours of operation.

Visit to jumpstart your journey on the roadway to zero waste!

Choose the Right Size Garbage Cart

Residents are encouraged to make less waste and save money by selecting the garbage cart size that best fits their needs. New residents have 30 days after initiating services at a home to request a garbage cart size change without being charged an additional fee. After 30 days, there will be a $14.25 service fee for changing cart size. Please contact the Solid Waste Division at 352-334-2330 to request a garbage cart size change.

all four trash cart sizes with from large to mini

Cart Size Approximate Garbage Capacity Monthly Refuse Rate
(effective 10/1/21)
(20 gallons)
1 kitchen-sized garbage
bag per week
(35 gallons)
2 to 3 kitchen-sized garbage
bags per week
(64 gallons)
4 to 5 kitchen-sized garbage
bags per week
(96 gallons)
6 to 7 kitchen-sized garbage
bags per week
 *additional fee for backyard collection services

Refuse service includes the weekly collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk items. Large appliance and electronics collection by appointment at no additional charge.