News: Miami Beach Celebrating America Recycles Day

Celebrate America Recycles Day on Sunday, November 21, 2010, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Lincoln Road at the Euclid Circle. Representatives from the recycling industry, non-profit environmental organizations, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach will have informational booths, free giveaways, collections, workshops and presentations, and fun, educational activities for children.


RECYCLING/COLLECTIONS

Electronics: EcoBatt, SmartAtBulbs and eTronic eWaste
Bring used batteries, light bulbs and electronics such as computers, keyboards, monitors, printers, and cell phones.

Plastic Bottles & Aluminum Cans: The Recyclable Planet Project
“Green machine” will collect clean PET plastic bottles and aluminum cans for recycling

Single-Stream Recycling: Miami Beach Sanitation Division

Drop-off commingled recyclables (office paper, magazines, cardboard, newspaper, plastic, metal, and glass).

Light Bulb & Showerhead Exchange (while supplies last)
Miami-Dade County: Water & Sewer Department & the Office of Sustainability
Bring your current showerheads and three most heavily used regular light bulbs to the event and trade them for ones that are more efficient. Get two high-efficiency showerheads and up to three energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Miami Beach Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
OFF-SITE: 41 Street & Chase Avenue
Acceptable household hazardous waste to bring include: latex paint, aerosol cans, herbicides/pesticides/insecticides/fungicides, automotive oil, transmission fluid/antifreeze, gasoline, automotive/marine batteries, household batteries, kerosene, acids, oil-based paints, any household chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, primer/turpentines/varnishes, medical waste, propane tanks, mercury items/mercury contaminated debris, fire extinguishers, and any other household chemicals. Please make sure all materials brought to the drop-off location are properly identified/labeled and in a sealed container. This is a safe alternative for residents to properly dispose of household chemicals and help prevent these products from contaminating soils and groundwater.


WORKSHOPS

Composting Workshop (12:30 p.m.): Fertile Earth
Learn how to create and maintain your own composting system and how it benefits clean water, soil and air.

Activities for Children: ReThink + ReUse Center and Upcycled Objects
Create art and jewelry from recycled materials.

How to Create a Rain Barrel
: UF Extension and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods will be giving rain barrel presentations throughout the day and will provide information about other simple water conservation techniques.


INFORMATIONAL STATIONS

New Miami Beach Recycling Programs: Miami Beach Public Works’ Environmental Division Educational materials on the City’s new 24/7, single-stream recycling program with community drop-off locations at 210 2 Street in South Beach and 75 Street and Dickens Avenue in North Beach.

Residential & Commercial Programs
Choice Environmental Services, General Hauling Services Inc., WSI and Waste Management Inc. Information on recycling options available within Miami Beach.

Benefits of Recycling: ECOMB and Dream in Green

Educational material on the benefits of recycling to the health of the community and the local environment.

Environmental Stewardship: Streetwaves
Program that mentors and empowers high-risk urban youth through environmental stewardship and engagement in outdoor activities such as swimming and surfing.

For more information about America Recycles Day, contact Lisa Botero at (305) 673-7080 or lbotero@miamibeachfl.gov.

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