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: 

  • Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are partnering on the Zero Waste initiative! They have developed a WEBSITE which includes the latest information and events. One of the first items on their agenda is to develop a Zero Waste strategic plan and complete a waste composition study. The timeline to complete both is the spring of 2019.

  • The City of Gainesville has included in their proposed budget to hire a Sustainability Manager. Having dedicated staff to work on the Zero Waste initiative is great, and we are happy to see the City making a commitment to our environment.

  • The Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to ban plastic bags and expanded polystyrene on January 1st.

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.


Plastic Bag and EPS Ban Letter of Support

A special thanks to the organizations that supported the plastic bag and expanded polystyrene ban: NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee, Sierra Club, Alachua Audubon Society, Cultural Arts Coalition, Alachua County Emerging Leaders, UF Surfrider Foundation, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Women's March Gainesville Chapter. Click on the link below to read the letter of support.

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.