Miami-Dade County is putting the brakes on plans for a new trash and recycling center for Redland.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office said Monday that he has directed county Solid Waste Management officials to reconsider the proposed site, at Southwest 202nd Avenue and 290th Street, and look for a different place for the center.
The decision comes after about 50 Redland residents objected to the project at a Jan. 17 meeting at Fruit and Spice Park.
The county says the center would provide a convenient place for residents to drop off yard waste, unwanted appliances, electronics, tires, furniture and other bulky items. Officials want the to ensure that all county residents have a place to drop off large items within five miles of their homes.
But in the Redland, where homes are on multi-acre lots scattered among plant nurseries, this convenience is neither needed nor wanted, residents said.
The residents think that the center would bring traffic, pollution and a bad smell to the area.
Patricia Milone, a Redland resident who has been active in opposing the center, said she hopes the mayor’s decision means no such facility is coming to her area.
But the mayor’s office said a decision has not yet been made.