Alachua County provides the collection of solid waste, recycling, and yard waste for citizens in designated service areas. It is our mission to provide quality collection services while striving to reach our 75% waste diversion goal by 2020. To serve you better, we provide special accommodations for disabled customers and collection of large or “bulk” items. Please observe the following guidelines:
Carts are for household garbage only.
The following items are NOT accepted in your garbage cart:
- Yard Waste
- Dead animals
- Hot ashes
- Solvents, paints, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids
Only six holidays affect collection service:
- New Year's Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed)
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
Waste will not be collected on these holidays, and all scheduled
pickups will be delayed by one (business) day. Collection will return to the
normal the following week.
Curbside Service Areas
Alachua County provides curbside waste collection and recycling to designated residential areas.
Residents of subscription-only areas may subscribe curbside pickup directly with WCA Waste Corporation, or dispose of household waste at one of the five Rural Collection Centers.
For questions regarding your address and service options, please contact the Office of Waste Collection.
Waste pickup in Alachua County and the City of Gainesville is currently
serviced Monday through Thursday. Please contact the Office of Waste Collection and provide your street address if you cannot determine your pickup day.
Curbside Disabled Pickup
Disabled Alachua County residents who live in curbside service areas are eligible to receive backdoor service. The service will be provided at no additional charge.
To obtain this service, a customer must:
- Complete a disabled waiver form for backdoor collection service
- Furnish a physician's statement verifying that he/she is physically unable to take the receptacles to the curbside/roadside
- Attest that no other home residents are physically able to take the receptacles to the curbside/roadside.
Approved waivers are good for one year. Waiver forms can be obtained by contacting the Office of Waste Collection.
Curbside Pickup Guidelines
- Cart lid must close.
- Make sure your garbage is bagged before it's placed in the cart. Please, Bag and Tie So the Trash Won't Fly!
If you have more garbage than your cart will hold, place garbage in an officially marked yellow bag and put it next to your cart. You can purchase these bags at your local Publix Supermarket. Please call the City of Gainesville or Alachua County for the store location nearest you.
- Place your solid waste and recycling receptacles curbside/roadside by 7am on the collection day, no earlier than 5pm the day before your scheduled pick up
- Remove your solid waste and recycling receptacles from curbside/roadside by 9pm on your collection day
Changing Your Cart Size
Alachua County curbside customers can change their garbage cart size to fit their needs. Available sizes are mini-can, 35, 64 & 96 gallons. Cart sizes are assessed at different rates on your property tax statement. For more information, please see our Pay-As-You-Throw program.
Contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Collection, or the City of Gainesville for more information or to request a different cart. If you are a subscription service customer, please contact WCA Waste Corporation.
If you have excess garbage, place the garbage in an officially marked yellow bag and put it next to your cart. You can purchase these bags at your local Publix Supermarket. Please call the City of Gainesville or Alachua County for the store location nearest you.
Click Here to learn about recycling with Big Blue and the Orange bin!
Recycling service is provided at no additional cost to all citizens with curbside service in Alachua County. There is no limit on the number of recycling bins a household may have. If you need recycling bins, please call Alachua County’s Office of Waste Collection or your City for more information.
Orange bins are for paper products, and commingled containers and cartons go in your blue bin.
Blue Bin or Commingled Recycling:
- Plastic Bottles & Jars
- Metal & Aluminum Cans
- Glass Bottles & Jars
- Beverage Cartons & Boxes
- Yogurt Cups & Margarine Tubs
Orange Bin or Paper Recyclables:
- Junk Mail, Magazines, Office Paper, Catalogs
- Newspapers, Telephone Books, Paper Bags, Paperback Books
- Cardboard, Pasteboard (Cereal & Shoe Boxes)
Residents are encouraged to donate their gently used items. Residents may also post unwanted items on the Alachua Exchange, www.alachuaexchange.com, Alachua's free online exchange. Many area charities will pick up large items. Contact information for several local charities is included below.
- Goodwill Industries: (352) 355-1311
- Habitat for Humanity: (352) 378-4663
- The Salvation Army: (352) 376-1743
- Gainesville Community Ministry: (352) 372-8162
- Haven Hospice Attic Resale: (352) 379-6244
- Junior League Thrift Shop: 352-372-1710
- Family Treasures Thrift Shop: (352) 393-2826
- Alachua County Humane Society: (352) 373-5855
For more information on how to reduce and reuse in Alachua County, Click Here!
Curbside Yard Waste Pickup
Yard trash includes leaves, grass clippings and small tree limbs. It does not include
boards or lumber. The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of this material
is to recycle it at your home. For free information and backyard compost bins, contact
Alachua County at (352) 374-5213 or the City of Gainesville (352) 334-2330.
Limbs must be less than 5 feet in length and smaller than 6 inches in diameter.
Yard trash should be put in paper yard trash bags or reusable rigid containers and
placed at the curbside by 7am of the collection day. Containers or paper yard bags
should not exceed 40 pounds.
Before attempting to burn yard trash, contact the Florida Division of Forestry at
(352) 395-4951 or 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).
Yard trash collected at curbside is recycled. Please do not contaminate it with
garbage. Debris generated by tree surgeons or other commercial enterprises will
not be collected.
Special Pickups for Large or Bulk Items
Alachua County and the City of Gainesville offer free curbside pickup of bulk items to residents with curbside service.
Bulk items include furniture such as
Limited amounts of interior remodeling debris will also be collected.
For pickup of appliances such as stoves, washers, and dryers, call the County Waste Collection Office or the City Office (depending on your area of residence) to schedule.
Special collections of exterior materials may be arranged for a fee.
IMPORTANT: On your collection day, the bulk item(s) must be kept separate from any other trash or debris. Items that will fit in a garbage cart or yellow overflow trash bag are not considered “bulk”.