Media Release

Holiday Lights Collection and Recycling

Monday, November 28, 2016 2:30 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternative reminds residents that they can recycle holiday light strings free of charge at the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park, and the Gainesville Public Works Department. Holiday lights contain brass, copper, and plastic, and will ultimately get recycled into new items.

Holiday lights recycling hours and addresses:

The Rural Collection Centers - Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Alachua/High Springs (16929 N.W. US Hwy 441)
Archer (19401 S.W. Archer Road)
Fairbanks (9920 N.E. Waldo Road)
North Central (10714 N. SR 121)
Phifer (11700 S.E. Hawthorne Road)

Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center - Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
5125 N.E. 63rd Ave., Gainesville

Gainesville Public Works Department - Collection container located in front of the building.
405 N.W. 39th Ave, Gainesville

Alachua County Waste Alternatives Manager Patrick Irby said, “As you hang lights this holiday season, you may find that some of them need to be discarded or upgraded. This keeps unwanted or broken holiday lights out of the landfill.”

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 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).