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Gainesville City Council amends waste ordinance
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Gainesville City Council approved new solid waste standards at a short meeting Tuesday evening.

By amending the city’s code, Gainesville Public Works will collect the garbage of all single-family homes in the city limits, except for gated subdivisions.

The city doesn’t service apartment complexes, duplexes and other multifamily units that have dumpsters. That garbage is carted away by private waste haulers.

The city currently has about 6,000 accounts, but there’s probably just as many residences where it doesn’t pick up, said David Dockery, Public Works director. However, the code changes mean the city will likely add some homes and increase revenue overall.

“A few years ago, the City Council made the decision that they would like for the solid waste department to be a self-sufficient department, no longer funded by the general fund,” Dockery said. “I’m happy to say that over the past three years, we have been able to operate the solid waste division as a stand-alone entity.”

In other business, the council approved an annexation request from FD Group LLC for a 1-acre site off Atlanta Highway today for a new Family Dollar store across the street from a current one.

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