Solid Waste Master Planning
With a growing population of more than 2.5 million producing more than 2 million tons of waste per year, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management faced the challenge of its two landfills nearing capacity and its three transfer stations and waste-to-energy facility approaching needs for repair or replacement. Embracing the need for new technologies and emerging approaches to deal with solid waste disposal, Miami-Dade County turned to HDR to develop a solid waste master plan over the course of three years. The goals of the plan are to "identify and develop activities, programs, facilities and technologies that will provide sustainability, resource conservation, source reduction, recycling, diversion, disposal and collection options for the next generation of county residents."
HDR launched the planning process with a comprehensive evaluation of existing facilities and programs, a waste composition study and analysis of waste generation rates. This data will be merged with information on regulatory and policy issues, an evaluation of financial aspects of the planning process and facilitation of a public participation process. When this initial work is complete, HDR will move to Phase II of the project, where concrete strategies and cost projections will be presented to Miami-Dade officials.
Since the onset of the master planning process, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management was recognized by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) with a 2011 Gold Collection System Excellence Award for its innovative and efficient residential waste collection and recycling services, as well as the introduction of cost-efficient hybrid vehicles into its fleet.
- 2011 - Gold Collection System Excellence Award, Solid Waste Association of North America