Green Government

 

Miami Shores Village is committed to improving the environmental sustainability of our neighborhood. It has been “Going Green” long before it was in vogue. The Village recognized the environmental impact concerns of the community and in 1989, the Village was one of the first Northeast Dade County communities to begin a residential curbside recycling program.

 

Over the years, this curbside recycling program has expanded to include commercial buildings, condominiums and apartment buildings, as well as our local schools such as Doctors Charter. Our neighbors in Biscayne Park have contracted with the Village to provide curb side recycling in their Village, too.

 

This curbside recycling program removes hundreds of tons of recyclable materials annually out of the waste stream. The recyclable material, consisting of glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum and steel cans is taken to Waste Services of Florida, Inc (WSI) who has contracts to process and reuse the material at various recycle facilities.

 

The Village’s sustainable transformation has and will take place over time. Some of the measures the Village has already taken are listed below.

  • The new Fleet Maintenance Building was built using the most environmentally efficient systems and products.
  • The Village purchases the most cost efficient energy saving air conditioning systems for the various Village buildings. The more energy efficient systems will show energy saving cost returns over the next few years upon replacement.
  • In June 2011, the Village signed a trash hauling contract with the City of Miami to recycle the Village’s vegetative yard trash by turning it into mulch to be used by local farmers.
  • The Village Council requested a curbside food composting feasibility report be completed in November 2011.
  • The diesel powered Village trucks and equipment run on biodiesel.
  • A “No Idle” policy was implemented for the Village vehicle fleet.
  • Purchase of paper goods made from recycled materials.
  • A “Turn off when not in use” policy has been implemented in Village offices.
  • Training for the proper application of pesticides has been given to maintenance employees.
  • Village offices have paper recycling bins.
  • Printer cartridges are recycled through office supply companies that provide credit back on purchases.
  • Whenever possible, “Green” janitorial supplies are purchased.
  • Incandescent light bulbs are changed to compact florescent lights in the Village facilities when possible.
  • When the truck fleet is washed, the dirty water is contained and collected for proper disposal to prevent it from entering the aquifer.
  • Used motor oil is properly collected, stored and recycled.
  • Instead of purchasing new, the parts washer solvent is filtered and reused.
  • Small batteries are recycled throughout the Village.
  • The brass shell casings used for target practice by the Police Department are recycled and reloads are purchased for training purposes rather than new ammunition.
  • Most of the Village landscaped medians follow the Florida Friendly landscape design and have been converted to well water to save on drinking water.
  • New drainage systems installed have a baffle system to collect large debris particles from entering Biscayne Bay.
  • Tree limbs from storm clean-up are mulched for reuse.

As you can see, Miami Shores Village has many environmentally friendly programs in place. The Village continues to look for ways to help the environment while operating within the given budget restraints.