The sunshine meeting held on Monday, June 29th, resulted in at least one agreement. The costs of solid waste in the City of Coral Gables is growing and will continue to grow exponentially unless something is done to curb either the amount of green-matter waste being disposed or improve efficiencies.
Commissioner Pat Keon suggested the administration look at larger lots paying more for solid waste than say a 50×50 foot lot. Several commission members agreed.
Vice Mayor Vince Lago and Commissioner Mena both stated they chose to eliminate their trash pit and their landscapers haul away their green matter. Lago threw out the idea for the administration to consider a reduction in solid waste if residents voluntarily choose to eliminate their pit – resulting in less green matter the city must dispose of.
Lago also showed video footage of a landscaper crossing 57th Ave towards Miller Road from the City of South Miami to dispose of green matter. “It’s a well-known fact in the county between landscape companies to leave Coral Gables homes for last because they can dispose of their day’s green matter from other cities in Coral Gables” said Lago. The administration did not object and in fact agreed. Staff reported that pits should be in front of homes and not on side yards as some homes have along 57th Ave.
Finally, the three year project to procure larger recycling bins was discussed. The city’s assistant director in charge of solid waste Alberto Zamora confirmed the city was not interested in larger bins with lids. In fact, the administration gave the impression they did not want to change the bins at all. The reason is that larger bins increase the contamination rate of unacceptable recycling material.
The new bins had not yet been ordered as of this meeting. The city budgeted $500,000 in the 2019-2020 budget for them.
No definite action or plan came about the meeting, the commission leaned on the administration for options. If the recycling bins is any indication, it could be years before one is presented. Garbage is sacred to many in Coral Gables and politicians avoid the topic like the plague. One commissioner did not even say a word on the matter. One thing is certain, you will still be picking up loose recycling left behind on recycling-days, because you will not be getting a bin with a lid anytime soon.