county offers chemical drop-off/reuse
Miami-Dade residents looking for a safe way
to dispose of household chemicals have made good use of the two
home chemical collection centers operated by the Miami-Dade County
Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM). Residents looking
to reuse household chemical products – and save some money in
the process – have taken advantage of the DSWM’s “Chem-Again”
“For the most recent fiscal year, we had 4,175 patrons use our
two home chemical collection centers,” said DSWM director Kathleen
Patrons dropped off 509,301 pounds of household chemicals, 1,155
units of compact fluorescent bulbs and 7,452 lineal feet of fluorescent
tubes at the DSWM’s two home chemical collection centers during
fiscal year 2010. When it comes to used electronics, 829 home
chemical collection center patrons disposed of 4,430 pieces of
electronics at the centers.
“Some of the items we collect at our Home Chemical Collection
Centers can be reused – that’s where our Chem-Again program comes
in,” said Woods-Richardson.
Chem-Again is a DSWM program that offers Miami-Dade County residents,
free of charge, new or almost new home chemical products collected
at the Home Chemical Collection Centers. In fiscal year 2010,
Miami-Dade residents saved an estimated $19,065 through the Chem-Again
program, based on the estimated retail cost of items residents
received through the program.
“Thanks to Chem-Again, we help save the environment, we save
on disposal costs, and our residents save money too,” said Woods-Richardson.
Products offered under the Chem-Again program are subject to
availability, and can be obtained only by Miami-Dade residents
on a first-come, first-served basis. Household chemical products
often available include items such as good quality latex paints,
spray paints, sealers, motor oil and pesticides. A list of items
available is posted weekly at www.miamidade.gov/dswm, on the
Chem-Again Program page.
The home chemical collection centers are available for non-commercial
Miami-Dade residents. The centers accept a wide variety of materials,
including automobile batteries, used electronics, used motor
oil, old paint, fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs), pool
chemicals, tar and more.
A brochure of the DSWM’s Home Chemical Collection program is
available at DSWM facilities in print form or online by clicking
on the publications tab at www.miamidade.gov/dswm.