Media Release

Plastic Free July Challenge

Friday, July 1, 2016 2:30 PM

Plastic Free July ChallengeALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives is encouraging local households, businesses, and schools to accept their “Plastic Free July Challenge.” The challenge is to consume no single-use plastic during the month of July.

Single-use plastic is anything that is intended to be used once, then thrown away. The “big four” single-use plastic items include plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, and takeout containers (cups).

As part of the challenge, during the month of July the Office of Waste Alternatives is partnering with Curia on the Drag (2029 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville) to promote the “Bring One (refillable cup), Get One Tree Planted” event sponsored by We Are Neutral. To participate, bring a refillable cup to Curia on the Drag, and a tree will be planted on your behalf. Participants receive a 25 cent discount on the purchased beverage.

“Plastic has snuck into all aspects of our lives. Even small acts, such as grabbing the morning to go iced coffee, involve a disposable plastic straw and cup,” says Alachua County Waste Alternatives Specialist Eilanwy Slyboom. “Plastic Free July will provide the opportunity to see that we don’t need the single-use plastics."

Additionally, the Office of Waste Alternatives is hosting two Plastic Free Workshops at local libraries:

Visit the Alachua County Recycles Facebook page for updates on Plastic Free July events and posts.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-548-1282.


  • 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).