Since 2006 Dream in Green (DIG) has helped empower individuals, especially youth, to lead in the response to climate change and other environmental challenges facing South Florida. DIG assists schools, households, local governments and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. By 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.
One of the biggest challenges facing recycling and its success rate is contamination. That’s when non-recyclable items end up in the recycling system. Providing communities with the latest recycling information about their community’s recycling program in an accessible way will help to increase the amount of recyclables recovered and processed into new items. There can be uncertainty among residents of different municipalities about those items that are recyclable and acceptable in their program. Placing the wrong materials into the recycling container can lead to increased contamination and reduced recycling success. Our application aims to help Miami-Dade County and its municipalities reach their recycling goals while educating residents on proper participation and the benefits of recycling.
Recyclepedia serves as a way to access current recycling information so that it is comprehensive and readily accessible for all residents to recycle properly. Increasesd recycling rates result in a reduction in pollution and an increase in the overall health of local communities. Residents in different municipalities can use Recyclepedia to get accurate information on acceptable items for placement in their recycling containers. If there are items that are not accepted in your municipality’s recycling program, Recyclepedia provides alternative locations where the items can be dropped off for recycling or proper disposal.
DIG was a recipient for 2021’s Innovation Grant from The Children’s Trust that supported the creation of Recyclepedia which ultimately aims to improve recycling, reduce pollution, and improve community health in Miami-Dade County! DIG is working closely with many municipalities, non-profits, and community partners to help spread the word and provide accurate data.