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Useful tips from Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management

Miami-Dade County is officially under a Tropical Storm Warning, issued when sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds could be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding and river flooding.

The Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) offers the following tips for severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew:

  • Do not begin any tree pruning or cleanup activities.
  • Do not place any materials on the right-of-way for collection. Previously scheduled bulky waste piles will be addressed by County trash crews while weather conditions permit.
  • Household trash and tree cuttings needing immediate disposal should be taken to the nearest Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center. The Centers are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Please note that the Centers are open only to Miami-Dade County waste collection customers.)

For more information, including the address of the closest Trash and Recycling Center, customers should call 311, the County’s Contact Center, or visit the Department’s website at

Other general safety tips may include having a disaster supply kit (flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, food, and copies of your critical information), securing your home and having a portable generator if blackouts will occur.