Becoming a Zero Waste city involves not only smart policies, but a change in lifestyle. Our goal is to provide the community the resources it needs to reduce waste, reuse items and improve recycling and composting. We will share tips to leading a Zero Waste life that are specific to Gainesville and the surrounding area. We also want to hear about the changes you have made to further this goal. Be part of the discussion, contribute your ideas by emailing




One of the best ways to lead a Zero Waste lifestyle is to reuse and repurpose items. Visit a Gainesville thrift store the next time you are out shopping. You'll be surprised the treasures you can find! Click on the map below to take you to Google maps.


A big part of our mission is to provide resources to help you along your journey. Check out our Zero Waste workshop videos!

zero waste at home

zero waste travel and dining

cleaning products


beaten path compost

Our friends at Beaten Path Compost are doing an awesome job bringing composting options back to Gainesville!! Are you interested in composting? Anyone can bring their compostable material including animal products to Beaten Path Garden. They have three drop-off locations:

  • Corner of SW 4th Ave. and SW 3rd St., next to Humble Wood Fire and Opus Coffee (this is always open).

  • 231 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 (near the restaurant Afternoon)

  • Union Street Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 4-7pm. You can also pick-up a bucket to collect for your food scraps for $7.

They are looking to expand to residential pick-up, so if you are interested, send them an email at

We also want to give a shout-out to the following local businesses composting with Beaten Path Compost and encourage you to support their good work: Satchel's Pizza, Karma Cream, Sweetwater Branch Inn, Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company, Public & General, Root & Pecker, The Tempeh Shop, Humble Wood Fire.

alachua county compost bin

The Alachua County Department of Solid Waste & Resource Recovery would like to help you to create your own compost bin, one FREE wire roll is available (per person) at our office. Wire for a bin can be picked up during our business hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:00am-5:00pm) at the Public Works Office at 5620 NW 120th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32653.

vermicompost resources

There are a number of great resources available for people to set up their own vermicompost system. Here are a few that will help you get started: