A waste recycling company is urging Miami residents to help it recycle their backyard waste in a pilot project that aims to reduce trash and recycling rates by 20 percent.
The Florida Waste Recycling Coalition’s new program will use recycled items such as toilet paper, towels, food scraps and other household waste, and use a system of sensors to collect and transmit them to a central facility in Miami-Dade County.
The program will also be tested in New Orleans and elsewhere to help reduce waste.
A program like this is important for Miami-area residents, who typically dispose of their waste on-site.
But in the first two months of this year, the city’s trash collection rates have gone down by 25 percent, according to the Waste Recycle Miami program.
The coalition’s pilot project will be run from March through May, with the first batch of products collected in July.
The coalition expects the program to reduce garbage and recycling by at least 20 percent by 2020, the company said.
The pilot project is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The waste recycling pilot will be the first in a program that includes a nationwide pilot program that also will help improve recycling rates.
A pilot program in New York City and in Washington, D.C., is also expected to help the city recycle less waste.
For the Miami area, the program’s success is critical, according the Waste Cycle Miami program’s executive director, Scott Jankovich.
“The biggest issue in Miami is that it’s still a big waste-recycling town,” Jankich said.
“It’s still struggling with the same issues that it did 10 years ago.”
The city is currently home to about 3 million trash cans, about half of which are full or in need of recycling.
In the first six months of the year, about 40 percent of the trash cans in the city were full or need to be recycled, according for the U, State and U.N. agencies.
In 2016, Miami-dade County collected an estimated 4 million tons of garbage, according data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The county was expected to collect 2.2 million tons in 2019, but that number fell to 1.6 billion in 2020.