Publix Super Market’s Dairy Center and Return Center Education and Tour

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Publix Super Market’s Dairy Center and Return Center Education and Tour

Join us at Publix Super Market’s Dairy Center and Return Center for an educational session and tour.

By Florida Recycling Partnership

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Starts on Thursday, June 22 · 8:30am EDT


Lakeland 3045 New Tampa Hwy Lakeland, FL 33815

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Publix began their recycling program in the 1970’s by working with paper manufacturers to recycle cardboard. Since then, their recycling program has grown tremendously to cover a variety of items including flexible plastics and foam. Each of their stores are also equipped with store-front recycling bins for customers to bring in their recyclable paper, foam, and flexible plastics. These materials make their way back to one of Publix’s eight return centers for further sorting and pick up by recyclers.

Through customer and company-wide recycling initiatives in 2022 alone, Publix recycled more than 616 million pounds of cardboard, 25 million pounds of mixed plastic, and 11 million pounds of mixed paper, in addition to many other items. As a company, Publix diverted more than 53% of their waste from landfills and works to increase their recycling numbers each year.

Learn how the Publix team manages its recycling programs. We will begin the day at the Dairy Plant Hospitality Center where the Publix team will speak about their recycling programs, followed by a tour of the Return Center and Dairy Plant.

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Time: Arrive at 8:30 am; program begins at 9:00 am

Location: Dairy Plant Hospitality Center

3045 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815

Agenda: Overview of Publix Recycling Programs by the Publix Team

Tour of Return Center and Dairy Plant

Networking luncheon

Special ice cream tasting

Cost: $75 donation to support the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation

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