Miami-Dade County to begin utilizing single-stream system
Waste Management, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary,
WM Recycle America (WMRA), announced a partnership with
Miami-Dade County to launch one of the nation’s largest
residential single-stream recycling programs.
Located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, the 100,000 sq. ft.
facility has the capacity to process up to 1,000 tons
of recyclables per day and is the largest and most advanced
single-stream recycling operation in the nation. It is
also only one of two in the state and the first of its
kind in the South Florida area.
The facility employs advanced recycling technology including
magnets, screens and optical scanners to automate the
sorting of recyclables.
The efficiency of the single-stream process can improve
local recycling programs by increasing capacity, resulting
in an average recovery of up to 30 percent more recyclable
materials, while maintaining material quality equal to
if not better than traditional recycling processes.
“The single-stream recycling process makes it much easier
for our residents to recycle,” said Miami-Dade County
Department of Solid Waste Management director Kathleen
Woods-Richardson. “With more than 340,000 households,
the new Miami-Dade recycling program can make a tremendous
positive impact on our environment.”
Waste Management operates 31 single-stream recycling
facilities across the country and an additional 4 to
5 will begin construction or open this year.