All commercial properties within the unincorporated areas of the county have been required to have recycling service for at least three designated materials since 2001. The Board of County Commissioners can require businesses to source separate these materials as well, but has not done so to date.
As of 2013, property owners are required to provide recycling containers and the opportunity for tenants to recycle the following materials:
Businesses can request an exemption if they produce less than four cubic yards of solid waste per week or the designated recyclables constitute less than 15% of their discards.
Alachua County required commercial recycling in 2001 and was recognized by the state in 2010 and 2011 as having Florida’s best recycling rate – nearly 50%. County officials give credit to this policy, a “very robust” curbside program and mandatory recycling in the city of Gainesville.
Florida state law, adopted in 2010, requires counties to establish a recycling program and sets a statewide goal of 75% recovery by 2020.
The county runs a Waste Watchers at Work program to help businesses comply with the ordinance and offers a free waste audit.
Any haulers for the unincorporated areas must obtain authorization from the Board of County Commissioners.