You Can’t Recycle That: What Actually Should Go In Gainesville’s Blue And Orange Bins


Recycling in Gainesville has been going on for decades, but people in the community still do not know exactly what can and cannot be recycled.

Gainesville Recycling coordinator Tom Strickland said that he wants to educate individuals in order to help out the environment.

“Recycling by itself is one thing that is available to everybody that they can do at their home to help the environment,” Strickland said. “ It is the most accessible thing that most people can do to help the environment.

The City of Gainesville has a goal of adding more education programs for recycling in order to protect the environment and keep the landfills clear. It is up to individuals to make Gainesville green, one piece at a time. Items that can be recycled are cans, cartons, plastic bottles and tubs, but all must have their lids removed and thrown away.

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