latest zero waste updates:

We are excited to see the momentum continuing the build for Zero Waste in our community! Here are some of the latest updates: 

  • The City of Gainesville (the City) has hired a Sustainability Manager! Zero Waste Gainesville advocated for this position to be created and are excited to work with them to further our zero waste efforts.

  • The City has passed an ordinance to ban plastic straws and stirrers which will go into effect January 2020.

  • Alachua County and the City are moving forward with the development of a zero waste strategic plan. We will keep the community updated as the plan develops and there are opportunities to provide input.

Once the strategic plan is complete, Zero Waste Gainesville will be reviewing and basing our advocacy work on the plan recommendations. Stay tuned for ways to get involved! 

example zero waste strategic Plans:

Austin, TX 

Key West, FL

Boulder, CO

Minneapolis, MN 

Curious about what other cities are doing? Eco-Cycle Solutions is a great resource for information about Zero Waste. Click the map below to learn about Zero Waste policies passed by communities around the country. 

Zero Waste in Action

Eco-Cycle Solutions identifies cities, counties and states with Zero Waste goals and plans, recycling and composting policies, and disposal bans.


Zero Waste Gainesville serves on the Alachua County NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Committee. We recognize that environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The committee was created to support, educate, and advocate for a clean and healthy environment for all.


Expanded Polystyrene Fact Sheet

Zero Waste Gainesville has developed a fact sheet on expanded polystyrene along with information to consider when evaluating other single-use disposable products.