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Miami-Dade County's Department of Solid Waste Management wins national achievement award seventh year in a row

MIAMI (May 05, 2017)

For the seventh consecutive year, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) has won an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The program that won the award this year was the Department’s nationally- and internationally-recognized Mosquito Control Zika Response.

“We’re extremely proud of the job our Department—and the County, for that matter—did as a whole, especially the Mosquito Control Unit, in responding to a serious health threat,” said Alina T. Hudak, Deputy Mayor and Department Director for DSWM. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Florida commended us for being the only place in the world that was able to stop the active transmission of Zika through mosquitoes.”

Indeed, Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control received acclaim from many quarters. The Mosquito Control Operations Manager has presented to mosquito control districts across the United States and even to the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr. Tom Frieden, then-Director of the CDC, said this about the County’s Mosquito Control: “They have an excellent mosquito control program, one of the best in the country, one of the best in the world.”

The DSWM provides waste and recycling services to residents in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County and several municipalities, as well as mosquito control services countywide. For more information about the DSWM, visit; for more information about Miami-Dade Mosquito Control visit

The National Association of Counties’ annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs. For more information about NACo, visit