Water & Waste

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 1 ton of garbage a year and consumes 140 gallons of water per day. Emissions 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 solid waste and wastewater management saves money. The typical American family throws away and estimated $1,500 worth of food every year!

Landfills and wastewater treatment produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Methane is a valuable resource when captured and used to make electricity or as a substitute for gasoline or diesel. Capturing and converting waste to energy more efficiently could cut emissions 20% by 2030.

Reducing waste and water use at the source means cleaner air from less vehicle and landfill emissions, more water available for the environment and other needs, and significant reduction in fossil fuel used to deliver and treat water and wastewater.

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Target Implementation Emissions Impact

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Convert waste to energy

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Reduce waste and water use

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