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Gainesville Launches the Zero Waste Wizard App

The City of Gainesville is excited about the launching of the Zero Waste Wizard, the most powerful recycling search tool ever produced for our community. Simply type the name of any material into the Zero Waste Wizard, and instantly get information about drop-off locations, including hours, a map, and directions.

screenprint of Zero Waste Wizard application Try out the Zero Waste Wizard online at gainesvillefl.gov/WasteWizard. The new Zero Waste Wizard offers:

  • A collection of over 400 searchable materials.
  • Specific instructions for preparing materials different materials.
  • An expanded list of local reuse, donation, repair, sell & trade, and service options.
  • Detailed information on each location, including hours open, a viewable map, and one-click directions.
  • Translation into many languages, including Spanish & Chinese.
  • Accessibility on mobile devices, so users can quickly look up materials on the go.
  • The ability for users to offer material search suggestions.

Gainesville neighbors do a great job recycling, composting, and diverting waste away from landfills. The new Zero Waste Wizard will make it even easier to determine what items can be recycled and reused. The Zero Waste Wizard will help support the City’s efforts to divert waste from our landfills.

 

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Mixed-Material Canisters Can Be Hard To Recycle

Examples of canister products including Pringles can, Planters can and Swiss Miss can The cylindrical food canisters are classified as mixed-material containers and are not recyclable in the City of Gainesville’s program. Canisters are generally constructed with a plastic lid, paperboard tubing, and a sealed metal bottom. Typical products sold in canisters are cocktail nuts, coffee, hot chocolate powder, and of course, Pringles® potato chips.

While some components of canisters are potentially recyclable, the container as a whole is not recyclable. Mixed-material canisters can not be easily separated at the recycling processing facilities, and there is no commodities market for these types of containers. Consider purchasing these products in glass, metal, or plastic containers that are recyclable. You can also repurpose these containers for other uses, such as storage containers for pencils or pens.

Help Abolish Litter! Join the City’s Adopt-A-Street Program

adopt-a-street logoAdopting a City street is a great way to positively address roadside litter in the community and, at the same time, demonstrate your civic pride. The City’s Adopt-A-Street Program comprises diverse participants, including local civic groups, businesses, sports clubs, college organizations, families, and individuals. Any business, non-profit organization, or citizen in Gainesville is eligible to apply to adopt up to a two-mile section of a city street.

There are no fees to participate in the City’s Adopt-A-Street Program. Each volunteer group will need to complete an application and commit to removing litter at least six times a year. Volunteer groups must remain in the program for at least two years, and a representative of the group must successfully complete a safety training session. The volunteer group's name will be posted on signs at both ends of the adopted street for as long as the group is active in the program. The City has clean-up kits for loan consisting of safety vests, plastic bags, gloves, and litter pick up sticks for the purpose of litter removal.

If you are interested in becoming an Adopt-A-Street member, visit us online or call 352-334-2330.

Find Out How To Schedule An Appliance Collection Appointment

It is important to recycle old appliances properly to ensure that metals are recycled and that Freon gases from refrigerated appliances are handled environmentally safe. Gainesville residents can schedule a collection appointment by contacting the Solid Waste Division at 352-334-2330 or online at Appliance Recycling Collection. There is no additional charge for this collection service for residential homes in Gainesville.

old yellow refrigerator, washer and microwave oven Household appliances accepted for collection include:

  • Refrigerators & Freezers
  • Stoves & Ovens
  • Microwave Ovens (1.0 cu. ft. model sizes and larger)
  • Dishwashers
  • Washer & Dryers
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Air Conditioners (window units only)

Properly prepare your appliance(s) for collection by removing all items, such as food, water, dishes, pots, pans, and clothes. Remove doors or tape doors closed on refrigerators and oven doors to prevent accidental lock-ins. Never puncture Freon tanks in refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioners. 

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