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.
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 scalehouse, 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility, under the operation of the
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 Mananger, Jim Harriot.