The City of Gainesville’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance requires restaurants, retail outlets, and other businesses to recycle cardboard while preventing non-recyclable materials from contaminating the recycling stream (City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances Sec. 27-72 & 27-85).
Cardboard is one of the most extensively recycled materials globally. The fibers in cardboard are remarkably strong and can be recycled multiple times, leading to reduced energy consumption and less deforestation. Manufacturers need clean recycled cardboard material to produce everyday products we rely on, such as new shipping boxes, paperboard boxes, paper bags, paper towels, tissues, newspapers, writing paper, and chipboard.
Checklist for Success
- ‘Recycling Only’ & ‘No Garbage’ decals are on the front of recycle containers.
- Employees trained to flatten boxes and keep garbage out of recycling.
- Containers are monitored regularly to ensure adequate service levels.
- Lids are kept closed when containers are not in use.