Miami's Mount Trashmore adapts to greener times

The first things a visitor senses atop Mount Trashmore's Cell I _ a 147-foot heap of grass-covered garbage in south Miami _ are the smell of fresh-cut grass and the sight of butterflies.

''It's peaceful up here, right?'' said German Hernandez, environmental affairs manager for the county's solid waste department.

Every day, about 400 trucks haul garbage to what is properly called the South Miami-Dade Landfill. It's the final resting place for about 14 million tons _ plus 1,600 tons more every day _ of household waste: rotting meat, beerbottles, diapers.

But in these environmentally green and economically lean times, this skyscraper of slop is trying to reinvent itself.

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