Miami-Dade CountyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢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. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur single-stream recycling program has been an incredible success story almost since it began in 2008,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department.
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. TheyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.
AtlantaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢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.