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Commercial recycling became mandatory countywide in July 1992 as per Chapter 15, Section 2.3 of the Miami-Dade County Code. Business owners in Miami-Dade County must provide a recycling program for their employees and tenants, using the services of a permitted hauler or private recycling hauler.
The County will provide technical assistance to help your business comply with the recycling law. Businesses that don't comply could be fined. Fines range from $300 to $950 based on the square footage of the commercial establishment and can be assessed daily until compliance is met.
Read the Business Recycling brochures:
Mandatory Business Recycling
Three Easy Steps to Comply with Mandatory Recycling
Step 1: Establish a recycling program that includes at least three items from this list:
|High grade office paper||Steel|
|Mixed paper||Scrap production metals|
Step 2: Arrange to have your recyclables picked up by a Miami-Dade County permitted hauler.
Start with your waste hauler. Many offer recycling services.
Or call a private recycling vendor. Check the business section of the telephone directory or search online for companies that provide recycling collection services.
Be sure to shop around to compare rates and services. If you choose your existing waste hauler, check to see if you can reduce your level of waste service (either the size of your current waste container or frequency of pick-up) to help offset the cost of implementing a recycling program.
Step 3: Design your recycling program to fit your needs.
Appoint a capable and enthusiastic person as your recycling coordinator.
Decide which materials to recycle based on the list above.
Identify the types of containers you'll need, how many and where you should place them.
Design a system for collecting recyclables and moving them to a central location for hauling.
Educate employees on your new program and the benefits of recycling.
For more information on starting a program that complies with the County's recycling law or to learn more about modified programs, call 3-1-1.
Contacting a permitted commercial waste hauler or recycler
As a landlord or condominium association, if you haven't already done so, you should immediately contact a permitted commercial waste hauler or recycler for recycling services. You'll find several recycling contractors to choose from in the phone book or search online for local vendors. Or you may want to check with your waste hauler; they may provide recycling service as well. Services and prices vary widely, so make sure you choose one that meets your particular needs.
When you hire a commercial hauler or recycler who hauls your material, then all reporting requirements for County compliance are their responsibility.
To help you make a decision, here are a few questions to ask of potential contractors:
- Can I reduce the size of my garbage container (and some of the cost of garbage collection) by establishing a recycling collection program?
- Will you remove and replace containers located in trash rooms or on the ground floor, or must the toters be located outside? (Toters should be placed in areas that are accessible to tenants, yet secure from vandalism or theft.)
- Do you provide any educational materials that can be distributed to tenants?
What is considered a "contaminant" and how will a contaminated load affect the program?
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