Miami-Dade County has record-breaking year

Miami-Dade County’s curbside single-stream residential recycling program has set a new collection record.

During Fiscal Year 2010-2011, which ended September 30, 2011, the County collected 61,171.80 tons of narrow-necked plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, paper, cardboard and other materials. This marks the highest total ever collected for recycling in Miami-Dade during an entire fiscal year.

“Our single-stream recycling program has been an incredible success story almost since it began in 2008,” said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department. “I attribute this success to both the simplicity of the recycling program and the cooperation and participation of our customers.”

Indeed, Miami-Dade has been seeing outstanding results since it converted its residential recycling program to single stream in 2008. Recycling tonnages have just about doubled from the beginning of the new program, which simplifies recycling for residents and allows for the collection of more materials than in the previous dual-stream program.

Under Miami-Dade County’s single-stream recycling program, residents place all recyclable materials into one container, a wheeled cart with a lid. Recyclables stay dry, residents don’t have to sort items for placement into multiple bins, and they can simply wheel the recycling cart out to the curb on recycling day. Also, more types of paper and cardboard are allowed in the program than before, along with steel and aluminum food and beverage cans, narrow-necked plastic bottles, glass jars and bottles, and “gable-top” (aseptic) milk and juice cartons.

Miami-Dade County provides curbside recycling service to more than 350,000 single-family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 21 participating municipalities.