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Your New Neighbor

Wants to

Burn Trash.

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Since 2019, Florida Rising members have been fighting to end toxic trash-burning in Miami-Dade County as a form of waste management in favor of more sustainable and less toxic to planet and human health practices. Now, they want to bring Miami-Dade trash to the border with Broward.

Miami-Dade is planning to build a trash burning facility right on our county line.

Map of proposed site for new incinerator

Today, thanks to the evolution of waste handling options, there’s no reason to burn trash and pollute our air. A majority of the materials in municipal solid waste can be composted or recycled.

Source: PBS

This reduces impacts on the environment, including air, soil and water contamination and greenhouse gas emissions. Many U.S. cities and states are adopting zero-waste policies that create incentives for diverting waste from landfills or incinerators, making toxic trash burning obsolete.

We have knocked on thousands of doors, held four education sessions, attended every Miami-Dade County Commission meeting for the last 20 months, participated in Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava’s town halls where incineration and zero waste were discussed, and spent countless hours researching, listening, and strategizing in our local People’s Assembly and campaign committee meetings. 

We can be the next community to say NO to toxic trash burning for the people and the planet.

In the last few years environmental and racial justice organizations like Florida Rising across the country have successfully shut down incinerators in Detroit, Michigan, and Commerce, California. The Detroit incinerator was built in the 1980s and received more than US$1 billion in public investment borne by local taxpayers. Groups such as Breathe Free Detroit and Zero Waste Detroit rallied residents to oppose the public financing and health burdens that the facility imposed on surrounding environmental justice communities. The plant closed in March 2019.

The California plant closed in June 2018 after a yearlong campaign by two community-based organizations, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and Valley Improvement Projects, to prevent incineration from qualifying for state renewable energy subsidies. 

*Florida Rising is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a state where we can all be healthy, happy, and whole.