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Gainesville, Fla., Sets Long-Term Goal to Achieve Zero Waste

Gainesville, Fla., Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos is working to help the city achieve a recycling rate of 75 percent by 2020, 90 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.

Gainesville, Fla., Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos is working to help the city achieve a recycling rate of 75 percent by 2020, 90 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.

Hayes-Santos’ plan includes utilizing methods like composting and recycling and prohibiting single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam in restaurants. The plan also includes a proposal for creasing an office of sustainability to promote the city’s efforts and to educate the community about composting and recycling.

WUFT has more details:

In 2015, Gainesville found itself being promoted as the Florida city with the highest recycling rates.

But it’s now showing an increased dependence on landfills and decreases in recycling, according to city Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos.

Hayes-Santos says he is working to trend back toward recycling — all the way to making Gainesville a zero-waste city, or one that generates no trash by utilizing methods like composting and recycling.

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