Solid Waste Division

Recycling & Yard Waste Collection Delays

The City's collection contractor (WCA/GFL) is experiencing staff shortages and as a result recycling and yard wste collections are running a half-day to a full day behind schedule. If your items are not collected within two days after your regularly scheduled collection day, please report the missed collection and your address by contacting us at or at 352-334-2330. We continue to monitor this situation and will send updates as needed. Thank you for your patience.

Welcome to the Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division is responsible for coordinating residential collection services in the City of Gainesville for trash (household 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 is located at 405 NW 39th Avenue with weekday hours from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, except for scheduled holidays.

Please note that the Solid Waste Division offices are temporarily closed to all visitors for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

Find Out Your Collection Day

collection day map

Click on the map to find out your collection day

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!

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.

Right Size Your Trash Cart

four black trash carts from smallest to largest in sizeResidents are encouraged to make less waste and save money by selecting the trash cart size that best fits their needs. New residents have 30 days after initiating services at a home to request a trash cart size change without being charged an additional fee. After 30 days, there will be a $13.50 service fee for changing cart size. Please contact the Solid Waste Division at (352) 334-2330 to request a trash cart size change.

Mini-cart (20 gallons) 1 kitchen-sized bag per week $18.50
Small (35 gallons) 2 to 3 kitchen-sized bags per week $24.00
Medium (64 gallons) 4 to 5 kitchen-sized bags per week $29.75
Large (96 gallons) 6 to 7 kitchen-sized bags per week $37.00
*additional fees for backyard collection services