Media Release

Buy S.M.A.R.T.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 1:00 AM


ALACHUA COUNTY -- Paper or plastic? Learn the earth-friendly answer to this and other shopping questions from representatives of the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives. The Waste Watchers will be at a local grocery store every Thursday in August to offer shoppers information about how to buy S.M.A.R.T. (Save Money And Reduce Trash).

The Waste Watchers will be available to speak with shoppers about buying recycled products, purchasing products with minimal packaging, and buying reusable items instead of disposables.

Shoppers will also learn how buying S.M.A.R.T. can save money and help the environment. All shoppers visiting the Waste Watchers display will receive a free reusable shopping bag made from recycled plastic.

The Waste Watchers will be at these stores on Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m.:

August 3
Hitchcock's in Hawthorne
900 HWY 301 N, Hawthorne

August 10
Publix in Tower Square
5801SW 75th Street, Gainesville

August 17
Publix in Butler Plaza
3100 SW 35th Blvd. Gainesville

August 24
Publix in Westgate Plaza
125 SW 34th St., Gainesville

August 31
Kash N' Karry
2002 SW 34th St., Gainesville

Learn how to buy S.M.A.R.T. and be a Waste Watcher!

For more information on buying S.M.A.R.T, please call (352) 374-5213.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).