A recyclable-centric business park planned for east Gainesville is still in early development, but it could generate jobs boasting solid pay and benefits for local residents without advanced degrees.
The Alachua County Resource Recovery Park would offer a home to businesses that create products from recycled materials. These companies could purchase material processed at the county’s Leveda Brown Environmental Park, which is located across the road from the eventual location of the business park, said Sally Palmi, the county’s solid waste director.
The park would be a closed-loop system, where businesses take recyclable materials collected in the county and elsewhere, turn them into a marketable product and send them back out into the community for sale.
“It’s not really a new concept, but it’s one that’s just really becoming innovative around the country,” Palmi said.