Commercial Waste & Recycling

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Overview

All commercially-collected waste generators in the City of Gainesville are required to arrange garbage collection services with one of the private companies authorized (franchised) to provide commercial solid waste services within the city. This includes construction and demolition debris collection and disposal services to properties within the City of Gainesville. Commercially-collected generators includes but is not limited to, businesses such as hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, retail stores, offices, institutions, apartments, and condominiums.

All commercially-collected waste generators in the City of Gainesville are required to recycle designated materials as specified by the city’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Commercially-collected generators includes but is not limited to, businesses such as hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, retail stores, offices, institutions, apartments, and condominiums.

Commercial Regulations & Ordinances

Collection Frequency

  • All Commercial-collected waste generators not serviced by a compacting dumpster are required to receive garbage collection service no less than once per week. When necessary to protect the public health or to enforce the purpose of this article, the city manager or designee shall have the authority to stipulate the frequency of collection.
  • Restaurants, Bars, Grocery Stores & Other Food Service Establishments - Commercial-collected waste generators not serviced by a compacting dumpster are required to receive garbage collection service no less than 4 days per week if open 7 days a week, and no less than 3 days per week if open 6 days a week. 
  • Multi-Family Properties (Apartments & Condominiums) - Commercial-collected residential waste generators not serviced by a compacting dumpster are required to receive garbage collection service no less than twice per week.
  • Multi-Family Properties (Apartments & Condominiums) - Commercial-collected residential waste generators must arrange for items such as furniture, appliances, construction and demolition debris or any material not considered a part of the customer's normal collection service to be picked up within seven days of being placed for collection

Ordinance No. 210129, Ch. 27, Div. 1, Sec. 27-75.b.

Collection Maintenance

  • Commercially-collected garbage, recycle, and food waste collection containers are not to be left uncovered accepted for when in use.
  • Commercial-collected waste generators are required to maintain garbage collection areas in a neat, sanitary and sightly manner.
  • Garbage and recycling containers at commercial locations are not to be filled to a height exceeding the level of the highest portion of the container body or rim.
  • Recycling containers should be clearly labeled and easily identifiable from garbage containers.

Ordinance No. 210129, Ch. 27, Div. 1, Sec. 27-73. & Sec. 27-75.

Commercial Recycling Ordinance

recycling arrows All commercially-collected waste generators in the City of Gainesville are required to recycle designated materials as specified by the City’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Commercially-collected generators includes but is not limited to, businesses such as hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, retail stores, offices, institutions, apartments, and condominiums.

The City of Gainesville’s Solid Waste Division is available to help businesses fulfill the requirements of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Solid Waste Division professionals are available to provide technical assistance in starting up recycling programs, reaching compliance with the ordinance, and a listing of commercial service providers.

Any business generating 15% or more by volume of the following designated recyclable materials in their waste stream are required to separate and recycle these materials.

Containers:

  • Metal Cans (steel and aluminum)
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Jars

Papers:

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paperboard
  • Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, Manuals, Paper Bags, Phone Books, & Paperback Books
  • Office Paper (including shredded paper) & Junk Mail (unwanted mail)  

    Ordinance No. 210129, Ch. 27, Div. 3, Sec. 27-85.e.3.

    Shared Commercial Service

    Property owners shall provide commercial establishment tenants with space for commercial service containers for garbage and recycling collection or make reasonable accommodations for shared commercial service containers for garbage and recycling collection in a convenient and nearby location. The commercial service containers should be located such that collection equipment can safely collect waste within the commercial service containers and such that the location of the commercial service containers does not create a health or litter hazard due to the distance from the tenant’s commercial establishment. If the property owner is unable to meet the above requirement, the property owner shall cooperate with the city to develop an acceptable alternative plan for the collection of waste from the tenant, with the city making the final determination as to the location of the commercial service container.

    Ordinance No. 210129, Ch. 27, Div. 3, Sec. 27-85.

    Public Litter Receptacles

    • Place an equal number of recycling receptacles for the collection of designated recyclables next to the garbage receptacles; and
    • Must integrate labeling consisting of text and images on the body or adjacent to the opening of the container that is consistent with City provided samples provided by the solid waste division.

    Ordinance No. 210129, Ch. 27, Div. 1, Sec. 27-75.e. & Ch. 27, Div. 3, Sec. 27-85.e.2.

     

     

     

    Commercial Service Providers

    Below is a list of commercial service providers currently operating and licensed to provide collection services in the City of Gainesville. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Gainesville, and the City recommends that you directly contract selected companies to verify services and pricing. This list is not all-inclusive or exclusive and is subject to change.

    Food Waste Collection Services

    Paper & Document Shredding Services

             

     

    Commercial Solid Waste Franchise Information

    It is unlawful to provide commercial service or containers for garbage or construction and demolition debris collection and disposal to properties in the City of Gainesville without an approved and valid franchise issued by the city (City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 27, Article III). Franchises can be exclusive or non-exclusive, and the city reserves the right to grant similar rights or franchises to more than one person or corporation. Additionally, any person collecting, transporting, conveying or processing recovered materials in the city must register with the city as a recovered materials collector.

    Commercial Garbage Collectors

    orange front load dumpster truck drawingCompanies providing commercial garbage collection or transporting services must have an approved franchise agreement to do so within the City of Gainesville. Garbage generally includes all putrescible and non-putrescible waste, including but not limited to: garbage, trash, furniture, and other household goods. Garbage does not include hazardous waste, biomedical waste, or yard waste. 

    Commercial franchisees providing commercial service shall pay as compensation to the city, for the rights and benefits granted hereunder, a monthly fee of ten percent (10%) of gross revenues from the sale or lease of containers, from garbage and trash collection services, from all disposal billed, from late fees, from bad debt recoveries and from other fees collected from customers, with no deductions except for bad debts actually written off.

    Commercial Garbage & Trash Collection Franchise Forms:

    Constructions & Demolition Debris Collectors

    purple roll-off truck drawing Companies providing commercial construction and demolition debris collection or transporting services must have an approved franchise agreement to do so within the City of Gainesville. Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris generally includes non-water soluble and non-hazardous waste including, but not limited to: steel, glass, brick, concrete, asphalt roofing material, pipe, gypsum wallboard, and lumber, from the construction or destruction of a structure as part of a construction or demolition project or from the renovation of a structure. Mixing construction and demolition debris with other types of solid waste will cause the waste to be classified as other than construction and demolition debris.

    Commercial franchisees providing commercial C&D services shall pay as compensation to the city, for the rights and benefits granted hereunder, an annual fee based on the vehicle type.

    Commercial C&D Collection Non-exclusive Franchise Forms:

    Registered Recovered Materials Collectors

    recycling arrows in a mobius loopCompanies, including commercial collection franchised haulers, that collect, transport, convey or process recovered materials must have a registration certificate issued from the City of Gainesville. Recovered material includes: metal, paper (cardboard, office paper, etc.), glass, textile, and non-tire rubber materials. Recovered materials source-separated or removed from the solid waste stream have known recycling potential. Recovered materials, as described above, does not include garbage, trash, yard waste, food waste, or construction and demolition debris.

    Registration of Recovered Materials Collectors Forms:

     

     

    Permitting Guidelines on Solid Waste & Recycling Dumpster Enclosures for New Construction

    Download Guidelines & Specs(PDF, 803KB)

    Collection vehicle approach and turn radius diagram Residential Properties (Single Family, Duplexes, Quadraplexes)

    • All residences should have curbside access to a city street so refuse won’t have to be placed on someone else’s property for collection.
    • Residences of 4 units or less under one roof will use the residential cart system unless they successfully petition for approval to opt out of the system.
    • Cul-de-sacs should have a minimum 180 degree turning radius of 80 feet to accommodate collection vehicles.
    • Single lane roads or alleys should be at least 12 feet wide with a minimum 90 degree turning radius of 40 feet.

    Residential Apartments or Condos (Multi-family Properties)

    • Collection vehicles must have safe access through the complex or room to turn around so they won’t have to back out blindly into the street.
    • If trash carts are to be used, will they be accessible to ASL’s or will there be parked cars in the way?
    • If dumpsters are to be used, will enclosures must be large enough to accommodate containers for garbage and recycling (which are mandatory)?
    • A 10’ x 10’ enclosure will hold one dumpster. A 10’ x 15’ enclosure will hold one dumpster and some carts for recycling. A 10’ x 20’ enclosure will hold a dumpster for garbage and one for recycling.
    • Where will bulk be stored and collected from?
    • Is there sufficient refuse and recycling capacity? Apartments & condos can be expected to generate 1.5 to 2 cubic yards per unit per month.
    • City ordinance requires refuse to be collected at least once per week. (Compactors are exempt from this requirement.)

    Commercial Properties

    • Collection vehicles must have safe access through the complex or room to turn around so they won’t have to back out blindly into the street.
    • Front-loaders and roll-off trucks require overhead clearance of 24 feet to service containers.
    • Dumpsters designed to be rolled out onto the street or right-of-way for collection are undesirable and should only be used as a last resort.
    • Commercial recycling is mandatory. See above for sufficient size of dumpster enclosure.

    Commercial Recycling Signs

    Below are different versions of recycling educational signs that are free to download and to be used to promote proper recycling at businesses. These signs are separated based on the type of recycling collection service provided (dual stream or single stream) and the signs contain all the designated recyclables materials as required by the City of Gainesville's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance. Property managers can download and printout these signs to place in and around recycling collection areas.

    Dual Stream Programs

    (GFL Environmental, a.k.a. WCA)
    Single Stream Programs

    (Republic, Waste Pro, Florida Express)

    Generic Dual Stream Recycling Signs

    Horizontal Sign(PDF, 3MB)

    Generic Single Stream Recycling Signs

    Horizontal Sign(PDF, 3MB)

    Generic Dual Stream Recycling Signs

    Vertical Sign(PDF, 1MB)

    Generic Single Stream Recycling Signs

    Vertical Sign(PDF, 2MB)