About Public Works and Waste Management
Recently, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez introduced his plan to reduce the number of County departments from 42 to 25. The plan is a first step toward building a more efficient County government to better serve taxpayers.
The following is an excerpt from the Mayor’s County Reorganization Memorandum, specifically relating to the Public Works and Waste Management Department.
“The combination of Solid Waste and Public Works is another area where consolidation will bring potential savings. Elimination of administrative duplication supporting the operational units within each department will translate to more resources being funneled to core missions and direct service. While the two departments' services are admittedly of a differing nature, their activities have commonalities and other governmental jurisdictions have successfully combined these functions. Our evaluation of these two departments' functions reveals opportunities that lend themselves to this grouping.
There are opportunities to consolidate procurement and fleet needs. Similarly, both departments perform engineering functions that involve procurement of specialized architectural and engineering design services. Again, in this area, consolidation could yield administrative savings. The chief opportunity for savings will be in consolidation of back office functions. While these have yet to be refined, opportunities are available in human resources functions, information technology services, accounting and budgeting.”
Public Works services
- Construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, sidewalks, street signs, pavement markings, traffic signals, street lights, and storm water drainage facilities
- Engineering and construction of the County's numerous roads, bridges and canals, along with the traffic signals and signs that support them
- Overseeing and administering the collection of tolls on both the Rickenbacker and Venetian Causeways
- Beautifying and maintaining landscapes along the public rights-of-way of Miami-Dade County
- Enabling the creation of Special Taxing Districts to provide special services or make specific infrastructure improvements to neighborhoods that otherwise could not be provided
- Implementing local and state mosquito control programs to help minimize the threat of disease
Solid Waste Management services
- Providing our customers with exceptional waste collection, recycling and disposal services that protect, preserve and improve our environment and the quality of life in our community
- Offering waste collection and recycling services to over 300,000 households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and nine municipalities, including Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Sunny Isles Beach
- Operating the most technologically advanced waste-to-energy facility in the world
- Planning for the long-term future by evaluating what services and programs will be needed for the next 50 years
Want to hear more about recycling?
Are you part of a class or group interested in knowing more about recycling -- such as creating a new business recycling program or learning about where your recyclables go? You can request a speaker to visit you! Send the department an email or call 3-1-1 for more.
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