Florida Recycling Partnership to hold workshop at Bealls headquarters

Speakers at the Recycling Workshop for Retailers will share how recycling works for their companies and why it is important.

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The Florida Recycling Partnership, Tallahassee, Florida, will host a Recycling Workshop for Retailers at Bealls corporate headquarters Friday, Aug. 24 in Bradenton, Florida. This one-day workshop will feature speakers from top Florida businesses sharing how recycling works for their company and why it is important to them and their customers.   

A panel consisting of representatives from Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, Florida; Bealls; and Rooms-To-Go, Seffner, Florida, will talk about how they started their recycling programs and some of the challenges they face. Steve Lezman, PepsiCo senior director of government affairs at PepsiCo, Purchase, New York, will serve as moderator.

After a networking lunch, there will be a discussion on state preemptions and how they affect the retail industry featuring panelists from the Florida Retail Federation, Tallahassee, and retailers. 

Shari Jackson from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington, will talk about the new Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) that will be debuting in Florida later this year. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the ACC have formed a public-private partnership designed to increase opportunities for recycling plastic wrap, bags and film.  The new WRAP partnership also includes Publix Super Markets, additional retailers, municipalities, Waste Management Inc. of Florida and the Florida Recycling Partnership.

Kim Brunson, recycle and solid waste program manager for Publix; Karl Berven, director of corporate services for Bealls; and Kevin Smith, recycle manager for Rooms-To-Go will talk about how they started their recycling programs and some of the challenges they face. The panel will be moderated by Steve Lezman, senior director of government affairs for PepsiCo.

Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation and Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainable programs for Publix will talk about local government preemption and how it affects businesses.

Donn Githens of Goodwill Manasota, Bradenton, Florida, will discuss how his organization can use old fixtures and equipment to train workers.

Registration is $75 and includes workshop sessions, buffet lunch and refreshments. 

For more information, go to www.flrecycling.org or contact Keyna Cory at keyna@flrecycling.org.

This event is sponsored by PepsiCo; Bealls; Waste Management; the Florida Beverage Association, St. Augustine, Florida; Publix Super Markets Inc.; the International Bottled Water Association, Alexandria, Virginia; and the Florida Recycling Partnership.