Tervis was recently recognized by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr. for its recycling efforts. In the first six months of 2013, Tervis achieved a recycling rate of 56%.
“This Florida-based company has done a great job recycling its waste, which reduces its environmental footprint,” said Vinyard. “We need more of Florida businesses to follow Tervis’s example to improve Florida’s environment. I am honored to select Tervis for DEP’s Recycling Recognition Program award.”
Tervis, which was recently recognized as a “Green Business Partner” by Sarasota County, FL, has a three-part recycling program, the company noted. Its single-stream recycling program requires that every employee, from the production floor to executives, be responsible for emptying their own garbage and recycling containers. This helps make everyone more conscious of what is being thrown away versus recycled, according to Tervis.
Tervis also participates in a returnable packaging program where a majority of all incoming raw materials are received in returnable cardboard packaging, which, after usage, is broken down to a flat state and resent back to the suppliers to be reused. The cycle converts about 2,000 pounds of returnable packaging each work day. The third part of the company’s recycling effort is participation in a plastic scrap recycling program where all defective plastic is collected and sent back to be recycled into other plastic products.
“We are thrilled to have Secretary Vinyard and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizing our recycling and sustainability efforts,” said Tervis CEO Patrick Redmond. “Here at Tervis, we have a green team dedicated to monitoring and improving efforts to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Team members focus on finding new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
The Tervis Green team of Paulo Reis, Ron Schmidt and Chris Shockey accepted the recognition award on behalf of the company. Venice Mayor John Holic was also on hand to extend his congratulations to Tervis, as well as speak about the importance of recycling in the Venice community.