Water & Waste

Fact: Burning garbage reduces the volume of landfill trash 87%.

Water and waste generate about 4% of emissions in Miami-Dade County. Everyone in the community contributes to these emissions. The average person in Miami-Dade produces over one ton of garbage a year and 140 gallons of water per day. 

Water & Waste Reductions By 2030 GraphEmissions from waste have grown since 2014 as the amount of garbage burned in the County’s Resources Recovery Facility has decreased and recycling rates have fallen in half. The cheapest way to cut these emissions is by using less water and making less waste. Good waste and wastewater management saves money. The typical American family throws about $1,500 worth of food every year! 

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Garbage and wastewater produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Methane is also the primary component of natural gas and a valuable resource when captured and used to make electricity. Converting more waste to energy could cut emissions 20% by 2030.

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Approaches

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Approach 6

Convert waste to energy

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Reduce waste and water use

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