(MIAMI, January 27, 2012) – This past December was a very good month for Miami-Dade County’s single-stream curbside residential recycling program. Not only did the program have its second best month ever—with a total of 5,734 tons of recyclables collected—but overall, the County has now collected a grand total of 200,785 tons of paper, plastic, metal cans, glass and other recyclable materials.
"Thanks to the simplicity of single-stream recycling and the outstanding participation of our residents, we have reached this important milestone in three-and-a-half years, a year faster than we reached it under the old dual-stream recycling program," said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM). "Most importantly, these 200,000 tons of recyclable items represent less waste for disposal, and more conservation of our natural resources."
Miami-Dade County first started curbside residential recycling service in 1990 with a dual-stream program, where residents separated materials and placed them into two bins. The County introduced single-stream recycling in late June 2008. The program has helped Miami-Dade set numerous recycling collection records including nearly doubling its annual recycling collection totals and collecting more than 5,780 tons of recyclable materials in December 2009, its best month ever. Under Miami-Dade’s single-stream recycling program, residents place all recyclable materials into a single wheeled blue recycling cart—no need to separate items.
Miami-Dade County provides curbside recycling service to more than 350,000 single-family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 21 participating municipalities: Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Medley, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Sweetwater, West Miami and Virginia Gardens. In 2011, the County's single-stream recycling program won two awards: a 2011 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties and a ''Recycling and Waste Reduction Award for Outstanding County or City Program (Urban)'' from Recycle Florida Today.
For more information on Miami-Dade County's recycling program, visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/pwwm or call 3-1-1.