January 2, 2022 – Miami, FL – Dream in Green (DIG) is excited to officially launch its newest initiative Recyclepedia MDC! Recyclepedia MDC is an application and website dedicated to providing Miami-Dade County residents location-specific recycling and waste management information. The overall goal of Recyclepedia is to decrease recycling contamination while increasing waste management efforts achieved by providing accurate recycling information through a free platform available to residents at their fingertips.
Miami-Dade County (MDC) is made up of 34 municipalities and is the most populous county in Florida. While the County provides recycling services for a portion of those municipalities, many of them provide their own services through different vendors. Because of this, there is a lack of recycling protocols applicable to all MDC residents, almost 3 million people. Recyclepeida MDC addresses this by allowing the user to select their municipality to receive the most up-to-date list of items that are accepted in their curbside recycling bins.
The other issue Recyclepedia MDC aims to tackle, in addition to getting residents to recycle right, is to provide locations for items not accepted in curbside programs but can be recycled/disposed of by third parties. It is a common misconception that just because an item can be recycled, it is accepted in any curbside program. Recyclepedia MDC provides locations where residents can drop off items at businesses or collection sites so that they can be disposed of properly. This includes but is not limited to, old phones and tablets, clothing items, non-recyclable plastics, household chemicals/paints, etc.
DIG partnered with Green Solutions Technology to develop the Android application and website. Funding for this initiative was generously provided by The Children’s Trust through the 2021 Innovation Grant and DIG thanks them for their continued support. Recyclepedia is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.
Moving forward DIG will constantly update the platform in order to provide the most accurate recycling information should any municipalities make changes to their curbside programs. DIG also hopes to expand the application to include an iOS version as well.
About Dream in Green
Dream in Green (DIG) is a Miami-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, especially youth, to lead in the response to climate change and other environmental challenges facing South Florida. DIG assists diverse organizations, including schools, households, governments, and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. Through establishing partnerships in our community, we develop, implement and oversee educational programs and workshops that promote environmentally sustainable behaviors among all age groups, with a particular emphasis on K-12 students.