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For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2012

Media Contact:
Gayle Love

Frank Calderon

Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department offers waste management preparation tips for inclement weather

(MIAMI, August 23, 2012)  The Public Works and Waste Management Department offers the following waste management tips for its waste collection* and recycling** customers in the event Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Miami-Dade County:

  • Do not begin any tree pruning or cleanup activities at this time.
  • Do not place any materials on the right-of-way for collection.
  • Household trash and tree cuttings needing immediate disposal should be taken to the nearest Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center.  The Centers are open Sunday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Please note that the Centers are open only to Miami-Dade County waste collection customers.)  For the address of the closest Trash and Recycling Center, customers should call 3-1-1, the County’s Answer Center, or visit the Department’s website at
  • Should a storm warning be issued, secure green waste carts and blue recycling carts inside a garage or utility room so that they do not become flying debris during strong winds or float away with heavy rains.  This is true even during normal South Florida thunderstorms.  Automated carts are required for proper service delivery.  Without them, garbage and recycling collection may be delayed or may not be provided.

"Our trash collection crews are addressing all existing bulky waste piles.  Crews will work extended hours over the next four days to collect those scheduled piles already at the curb, weather permitting," said Department Director Kathleen Woods-Richardson.  "We remind service area residents that this is not the time to begin major tree trimming activities or to schedule a bulky waste pickup because it may not get collected if weather conditions deteriorate."

*The Public Works and Waste Management Department provides complete curbside waste collection services to residents in the unincorporated service area and the cities of Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Sunny Isles Beach.

** The Public Works and Waste Management provides curbside recycling services but not garbage or trash collection services to residents in the following cities:  El Portal, Florida City, Medley, Miami Beach, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, South Miami, Surfside, West Miami and Virginia Gardens.


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