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For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2012

Media Contact:
Gayle Love

Frank Calderon

Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department wins three national awards!

(MIAMI, June 26, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM) recently won three prestigious 2012 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The three winning programs this year are:

  • Compressed Gas Vessel Recovery, Processing and Recycling Program
  • Neighborhood Enhancement Action Teams (NEAT)
  • Trash and Recycling Centers (TRC) Access Management System

"Just winning one NACo Achievement Award is an honor, so winning three is an incredible accomplishment we are very, very proud of," said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the PWWM.

The Compressed Gas Vessel Recovery, Processing and Recycling Program was created to retrieve any possible gases remaining in compressed gas cylinders (such as propane canisters and refrigerant tanks) disposed of by residents at the Department’s two permanent Home Chemical Collection Centers; the empty containers are then recycled as scrap metal. 

The NEAT Teams are work crews that travel Miami-Dade County roadways performing proactive maintenance to resolve minor safety and infrastructure issues such as repairing small potholes, removing small piles of dumped waste, removing debris from drain tops, clearing vegetation blocking the view of traffic signs, erecting fallen traffic signs, and the like.

The TRC Access Management System was created to ensure only authorized customers—that is, residents who pay a residential waste fee for services—can access the County’s 13 “do-it-yourself” disposal sites, known as TRCs. 

For more information about these programs, visit the PWWM's website at

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 counties.  NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs. Each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Awards are given in 21 different categories including children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, and many more.

For more information about NACo, visit


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