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					The Waste Watcher
             and friends
Brought to you by the Alachua County, FL
      Office of Waste Alternatives
An Enviro-Hero for Alachua County
           Presenting a Zero Waste philosophy
           • Curbside Recycling
           • School and Community Programs
           • Waste Watchers at Work
           • Tools for Schools
           • Alachua Exchange/Rural Collection
              Centers
           • Buy S.M.A.R.T.
           • Composting
           • Volunteers
The Waste Watcher’s Message:
Curbside Recycling
           School and Community Programs
                                                 Oct. 2008 – Sept. 2009
                                                            Number        People
                                            Presentations     205         4,914




                              Program Examples:
•   Trashformations: The Art of Recycling   •   Costume Characters
•   Paper Making                            •   Garbage: The Whole Story
•   Old Phonebook Recycling Contest         •   Recycling/Composting in Your School
•   Recycle Relay                           •   Environmental Park Tour
                  Curriculum
• Pre K-12
• School Board Approved
• Meets sunshine state
  standards
• Developed with teacher
  focus group
                            Special Events
                                            Oct. 2008 – Sept. 2009
                                                        Number        People
                                       Community
                                         Events            38          5,456



                               Event Examples:
•   Downtown Arts Festival             •   Literacy Festival
•   Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival   •   Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
•   Farmers Markets                    •   America Recycles Day
•   Zucchini Festival                  •   Lake Fest
          The Waste Watcher at Work
• Information
  – Waste Surveys: composition studies and specific suggestions
    for reducing waste
  – Liaison with haulers
• Education
• Enforcement – compliance with mandatory commercial
  recycling ordinance – 2 codes enforcement officers
The Waste Watcher in Apartment Complexes
       • Information
          – Waste Surveys: composition studies and specific
            suggestions for reducing waste
          – Liaison with haulers
       • Education
          – “How to. . .” packets
          – Workshops
       • Supplies
          – Multi-bag pilot program
          – Promotional incentives
       • Enforcement – compliance with mandatory
         commercial recycling ordinance
                    Tools for Schools
A Reusable Resource Center
• Diverting waste from the
  landfill while helping needy
  students

   Oct. 2008 – Sept. 2009
  Total visits      Value
      776          $19,400
                                 www.toolsforschools.alachua.fl.us
                Alachua Exchange
                          On-line venue to find new
                            homes for gently used items
                          • Functionality:
                              – Donate It!
                              – Find It!
                          • Types of items: furniture,
                            electronics, office supplies,
                            glass, metal, plastic, textiles
                          • 395 registered users

www.alachuaexchange.com
    Rural “Recycling” Collection Centers
• Recycling
                                     Remember, one
• Reuse Area                         person’s trash is
  – Still-usable items made         another’s treasure!

    available for other
    collection center patrons
  – Examples: toys, pots and
    pans, furniture, electronics,
    etc.
  – TWW signs and brochures
                 Buy S.M.A.R.T.
• Reduce – Reuse –
  Recycle – Buy Recycled
• 16 groceries stores
  countywide
• 6 Farmer's Markets


                           Save Money And Reduce Trash
                      Composting
•   Earth Machine Sale
•   Rain Barrel Sale
•   Wire bin give-away
•   School composting
•   Special event food waste recycling
Volunteers
  A Wish List
Future Zero Waste Initiatives
    for Alachua County
                      A Wish List
•   Ban on non-degradable, retail plastic bags usage
•   Surcharge on all individual, plastic beverage containers
•   Bottle bill
•   Organics recycling
    – Green bin system and re-route commercial
• Enforcement of Mandatory Commercial Recycling
• Universal curbside collection – existing centers used for
  hazardous waste, reuse and recycling
The Waste Watcher
            and friends
Brought to you by the Alachua County, FL
      Office of Waste Alternatives