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altMiami-Dade County’s curbside single-stream residential recycling program has set a new collection record. During Fiscal Year 2010-11, which ended September 30, 2011, the County collected 61,171.80 tons of narrow-necked plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, paper, cardboard and other materials.

This marks the highest total ever collected for recycling in Miami-Dade during an entire fiscal year. “Our single-stream recycling program has been an incredible success story almost since it began in 2008,” said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department.

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches its final mission of coral reef research in the Bahamas, concluding the first year of its ambitious Global Reef Expedition. Having completed research in Cay Sal Bank, Hogsty Reef, and the Inaguas earlier this year, the Foundation now turns to Andros and Abaco islands to study sites that were last surveyed more than a decade ago.
 
The Global Reef Expedition is the first world-wide mapping and research assessment of coral reefs. The chairman of the Living Oceans Foundation, Prince Khaled bin Sultan, said an expedition of this scale "will greatly assist the world in understanding coral reefs, their health and critical role in the environment. Our research will produce maps of previously uncharted areas and provide management recommendations urgently needed to preserve these valuable ocean resources. We are involving local scientists in all of our research and exploration. "

Saturday, September 24th, Miami-Dade County and the City of Doralwill host the final Adopt-a-Tree giveaway for 2011.  Residents will have the opportunity to green their backyards by adopting two FREE trees from the Miami-Dade County Adopt-a-Tree Program, now in its eleventh year.  The tree giveaway will take place at J.C. Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Avenue from 9 AM to Noon.

Residents eligible to adopt FREE trees will be able to choose from a variety of tree species including Lychee, Carambola, Orange Geiger, Vera Wood, Dahoon Holly, and Jackfruit. Approximately 2,100 FREE trees will be available for adoption (trees are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis) at this event.

On Saturday, September 24, more than 180,000 volunteers, including more than 300 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (MLK Jr., NHS), are expected to visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They’ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

Atlanta’s Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) and Park Pride are partnering with NPLD to host a signature NPLD event at MLK Jr., NHS in Atlanta, GA. This service event celebrates volunteerism and the importance of recreation and public lands to community health.

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