Buy S.M.A.R.T.

What is Buy S.M.A.R.T.?

Buy S.M.A.R.T. (Save Money And Reduce Trash) is an educational initiative which helps educate consumers in Alachua County on how to make earth-friendly decisions at the grocery store.

How to Buy S.M.A.R.T.

There are four steps to becoming a Buy S.M.A.R.T. Smart Shopper:


    Reduce your garbage; buy in bulk and avoid individually-wrapped items. You will be amazed how much longer it will take to fill up your trash can if you avoid unnecessary packaging.

  2. REUSE

    Purchase items that can be washed and/or reused and avoid items that are used only once. By reusing plates, silverware and napkins, we are preserving natural resources instead of tossing them out after one use.


    Remember to use your orange and blue bins! Every time you recycle an aluminum can in your Big Blue bin, you are conserving enough electricity to run your TV for three hours!


    Look for products made from recycled material. These can be identified by the recycled arrow symbol and the percentage of recycled content. The majority of metal cans on the grocery store shelves have already been recycled.

“NO NO’s”
  • Seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Washable plates, silverware and napkins
  • Reusable lunch bag/box
  • Recycled content cereal boxes, cracker boxes, etc.
  • Items in containers that can be reused and/or recycled
  • Concentrated or refillable products
  • Biodegradable cleaning products
  • Anything in bulk
  • Bottled water
  • Products made from raw (i.e. natural unprocessed material that is used in a manufacturing process) materials
  • Anything packaged in Styrofoam
  • Double packages or bulky overpackaged products
  • Plastic-packaged cookies
  • Food in non-recyclable, noncompostable packaging
  • Individually packaged food products
  • Hazardous cleaning products