Media Release

Learn To Buy S.M.A.R.T. In July

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 1:00 AM

ALACHUA COUNTY — What is the correct answer? 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 July 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 can learn how Buying S.M.A.R.T. can save money and help the environment. All shoppers that visit the Waste Watchers display will receive a free reusable shopping bag made from recycled plastic.

The Waste Watchers will be at:

  • Food Lion on Hawthorne Road on July 6 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Publix at Springhill Commons (NW 39th Avenue) on July 13 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Publix at Hunter’s Crossing (NW 43rd Street) on July 20 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Publix on Main Street on July 27 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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).