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Broward County residents are encouraged to recycle their used electronic equipment and dispose of household hazardous waste in an environmentally safe manner - and now that's easier than ever. 

Thanks to a partnership between Broward County Waste and Recycling Services and Partner Cities and Miramar, a free drop-off event will be held on Sunday, January 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 15700 Pembroke Road (Silver Shores Park). 

Residents can dispose of the following items safely and for free: household hazardous waste, including compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes, paint, solvents, motor oil, pesticides, household chemicals, lawn and pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, propane tanks and fire extinguishers.
Holiday celebrations and gift giving mean lots of extra waste and recyclables for collection by Miami-Dade County’s waste collection crews and recycling service providers.  To help waste collection and recycling customers manage their waste, the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) offers the following tips:
 
Recycle as much as possible.  The County’s single-stream recycling program offers a convenient way to manage extra holiday waste.  The program accepts the following:
 
·         Glass, aluminum, steel and narrow-neck plastic food and beverage containers (e.g., soda, water, juice, milk, eggnog, and cider containers).  Aluminum and plastic beverage containers can be flattened to save space in the cart.
Beginning Monday, December 27, 2010 through January 7, 2011, residents who receive curbside waste collection service from the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees by taking them to one of the County’s 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers (TRCs) or two Home Chemical Collection Centers.  
 
All trees brought in for recycling must be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments and tree stands.  The trees will be converted into mulch, available free to residents on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in mid-January, 2011.

Rebekah Diaz, a graduating senior, has achieved a myriad of accomplishments during her 11 years in the Miami-Dade 4-H Youth program.  Most recently, she was elected State Vice President for 2010-2011 and was one of only four 4-H members statewide to be chosen to attend the 4-H National Conference in Washington, D.C.  The Miami-Dade 4-H program is proud of Rebekah and encourages others to follow in her footsteps to develop the skills they will need to become the leaders of tomorrow.
 
One of Rebekah’s first experiences with the 4-H club was a public speaking competition where she was presenting her topic on key lime pie.  Her nerves got the best of her and she wound up crying.  Now, that same nervous girl has blossomed into a confident public speaker, receiving perfect scores at district events and winning two first-place trophies at state competitions.  Joining 4-H has afforded Rebekah many opportunities to learn life skills and get involved in the community. 

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