Environmental Park

Environmental Park

The Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be closed on the following Holidays:

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed), Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Brief History of the Environmental Park

The early 1990s addressed the need to close the Southwest Landfill due to limited capacity for the operation. A committee was formed to find a new site. After many long hours and many concerns from residents, the option of opening an Environmental Park and Transfer Station was approved. It was later determined that the waste generated in Alachua County would be hauled to the New River Solid Waste Facility in Raiford, Florida.

During this time, the increased participation in recycling programs lengthened the life of the Southwest Landfill by five years.

In 1997, a private contractor was hired to build the Transfer Station outside of Gainesville on Waldo Road (SR 24). Under the direction of the Public Works Director, construction began in February of 1998. The site would be home to a 27,520 square foot Transfer Station, a 3,000 square foot administration and education building, a scale house, and storage space for waste tires and tree debris. Operations are taken care of by approximately 22 employees, with eight tractor-trailers, two grapplers, and a front-end loader. Full operations began in December of 1998.

January of 1999 marked the official opening of the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station.

A Household Hazardous Waste Facility, under the operation of the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, opened at the end of 1999. Both a Recovered Materials Processing Facility (RMPF), and a pilot project organic composting operation were initiated in 2001.

In 2015 the Department of Solid Waste and Resource Recovery was designated as a a stand alone department operating under the direction of the Department Director, Sally Palmi and Deputy County Manager, Jim Harriot.    


  • Environmental Park
  • 5115 N.E. 63rd Ave.
  • Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Phone: 352-334-0172

Map to park

Weekdays 7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 7:00am - noon


Construction & demolition debris will no longer be accepted at the Environmental Park and Rural Collection Centers. More Information