County waste department wins award

The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) was recently awarded the 2011 Gold Collection Systems Excellence Award by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

The DSWM completed its conversion to automated waste collection in 2007 and automated single-stream recycling collection in 2008. Both programs have increased operational efficiency and have significantly improved service delivery, customer satisfaction, and convenience. In 2010, the DSWM was the first municipal waste management agency to begin using unique hydraulic hybrid waste collection vehicles. To date, 6 of these fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles have been added to the department’s fleet and are deployed on 12 routes throughout Miami-Dade County.

The DSWM is the largest government-owned and operated waste collection and disposal system in the southeastern United States. The DSWM provides waste collection services to more than 320,000 households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and nine municipalities; curbside recycling services to more than 350,000 households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and 21 municipalities; and countywide disposal services.

Miami-Dade’s solid waste system includes a network of landfills, transfer stations, neighborhood trash and recycling centers, and one of the largest and most advanced waste-to-energy facilities in the world.