(MIAMI, October 22, 2012) – For the fourth fiscal year in a row, Miami-Dade County’s curbside single-stream residential recycling program has set a new collection record. During Fiscal Year 2011-2012, which ended September 30, 2012, the County collected 62,997.63 tons of aluminum and steel cans, paper, narrow-necked plastic bottles, cardboard, glass bottles and other materials. This is the highest total of recyclable materials ever collected in Miami-Dade County during a fiscal year.
“Our single-stream recycling program just keeps getting better every year,” said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department. “When we first started the program, we wanted it to be easy for our customers to use, and they have responded above and beyond our expectations.”
Miami-Dade County made the switch to single-stream—so called because all materials go into a single container—for its residential recycling program in 2008. Since then, recycling collection tonnages have doubled over the old program and each fiscal year, the County has outdone itself.
Miami-Dade residents recycle paper, cardboard, narrow-neck plastic bottles with their caps and lids, glass bottles, metal food and beverage containers, and “gable-top” (aseptic) milk and juice cartons simply by placing all of these materials into a wheeled cart with a lid. The materials are collected every other week and taken to a facility where they are separated and prepared for recycling.
Miami-Dade County provides curbside recycling service to more than 348,000 single-family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 20 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, 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/publicworks or call 3-1-1.