A Guide to Greener Living
Did you know that the average American generates almost 5 pounds of garbage each day, one pound of which is food waste? If you would like to reduce your waste but aren't sure how, start here! Everything from clothing scraps to coffee grounds can be recycled thanks to these local organizations and you.
Reduce Your Waste
Recycling Do’s and Don’ts
You may be a recycling pro, but I bet one or two items on this list may surprise you. Are Solo cups recyclable? What about yogurt containers? Learn the do’s and don’ts of recycling in Alachua County!
The Repurpose Project
The Repurpose Project is a combination arts center and thrift store. Get inspired to create original art from salvageable materials. Not feeling artsy? Donate supplies for others to create reclaimed art—spare buttons, colorful plastic bags, scrap wood, and more.
Reduce your household waste by shopping at this low-waste store. Products are packaged via sterilized donated jars and other reusable items. Cleaning supplies, shampoo, pet food, people food, and more are available for online orders or in-store purchase.
Zero Waste Challenge
Want to reduce your household waste, but not sure where to start? Utilize this resource to track your garbage, notice a trend, and make adaptations! Available for single-use plastics, food waste, and clothing.
50 Tips for Zero Waste Living
We did the legwork for you and found these simple yet effective ways to go zero waste. Beyond reusable grocery bags and water bottles, it’s time to go eco-friendly across all areas. Let’s get started!
We often donate our wearable clothing to thrift stores, but what about worn-out socks, torn t-shirts, and other fabric scraps? Fortunately, H&M accepts fabric donations of all kinds! Unwearable items are re-purposed into new clothing or even insulation materials. Learn more. . .
Beaten Path Composting
Drop off your food waste for free, or subscribe for convenient curbside pick-up. Drop-off locations include 4th Avenue Food Park and The Afternoon Restaurant.
Two Farms, One Dream
Subscribe to this composting service to have your compost picked up from your doorstep! Select from numerous pricing options for households and businesses.
Free Wire Composting Bin
Build your own wire composting bin with free resources from Alachua County. This method of composting maximizes aeration for rapid results.
Food Waste Pilot Program
The program is now full, but get excited about this pilot program from the city of Gainesville to bring compost pick-up to homes at no cost! Show support for this program by signing up for the waitlist.
EPA Greener Living
What better entity to educate us regarding living sustainably than the EPA? Learn about environmental justice, electronics management, and more.
Zero Waste Gainesville
Become an advocate for the planet in your community. Stay up-to-date with local initiatives and events to support waste reduction in your area.