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Energy From Waste

Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management customers contribute to sustainable energy production every day by simply taking their garbage to the curb or scheduling a bulky waste pickup.

Nothing Goes to Waste

Did you ever wonder what happens to the waste that is picked up from your curb?

Contrary to popular belief, most of the garbage and trash that is collected by the Department does not end up in our landfills. In reality, the majority of the garbage and waste collected is processed at a waste-to-energy plant – the Resources Recovery Facility. Thanks to this state-of-the-art facility, nothing goes to waste.

Watch this two-part video to better understand how your waste is turned into valuable energy.


Ideally, we should all try to produce less trash, which would be best for our planet. However, we are still going to need to throw some things away. The good news is that much of what ends up in the trash, is reused.

  • Most of the waste in Miami-Dade County doesn’t go to a landfill
  • We convert most of your waste into energy. It helps us save space at our landfills
  • Our state-of-the-art air quality control system means you won’t see smoke at our waste-to-energy facility
  • Turning garbage into fuel creates electricity and reduces the amount of waste for disposal by 90 percent
  • Our waste-to-energy facility creates enough electricity to power itself plus 35,000 homes
  • We process more than one million tons of waste at our waste-to-energy facility annually and convert most of it into electricity
  • Your trash — mostly yard waste — is processed into bio-mass fuel used to produce energy
  • Tons of iron and aluminum are recovered at our waste-to-energy facility and recycled
  • We remove small particles that can’t be used as fuel — such as soil — from waste and use them as daily cover at our landfill