2015 Winter Summit

 Registration is Open!

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

Orlando, FL

Make plans now to participate in Florida's leading education and networking event for the recycling, sustainable and environmental professional.  Recycle Florida Today will be hosting the 2015 Winter Summit on Thursday, January 15 in Orlando at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista.  This year we welcome the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) board to the meeting as well as the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA). Attendees can look forward to a special education and information session that will be given by CDRA on Thursday, January 15th. Start 2015 with RFT and take it to the next level!

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Winter Summit Agenda

Wednesday, January 14, 2015



7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TREEO Training

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

RFT Board Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SERDC Board Meeting

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception –

Exhibitor “Showcase” Opens

Evening Networking Mixer

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


 Thursday, January 15, 2015



7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Networking Breakfast

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Address

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Keynote Address

Susan Chapman, SWA, Chair, RFT

Patti Hammond, SWA, RFT Conference Chair

Keynote Address:  Andy Acho, Ford Motor Company's former Worldwide Director of Environmental Strategy

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Session transition

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 2


Construction & Demolition Recycling Industry:  Economic Impact & Environment Benefit 
Session overview:  The Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008 established a new statewide recycling goal – reduce the disposal of recyclables 75% by 2020.  In a report to the Legislature, the FDEP reported that as much as 12% of the 2020 recycling goal could be met by processing C&D at a 75% rate through Material Recovery Facilities, all at relatively low cost and with an income source in recovered materials.” 

Moderator: Patti Hamilton, SWS Recycling

Construction & Demolition Recycling Industry: Economic Impact & Environmental Benefit. --  Speaker:  Tim Townsend, Ph.D., P.E.,  University of Florida

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Morning Networking Break

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3

Processing, Collection, and Commodities

Session Overview:  Gain information in the latest advances in processing and collection strategies as well commodity marketing efforts.

Moderator: Don Ross, Kessler Consulting, Inc.

Speakers:  Frank Kennedy, Environmental Solutions Group

Rusty Angel, Machinex Technologies

11:30 a.m. – Noon

Lunch transition

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Session 4

Latest in Florida Composting Facilities and How to Structure Successful Recycling Partnerships

Session overview:  Come hear the latest on new Biosolids and Food Waste Composting Facilities starting up in South Florida and how to structure balanced contracts for successful recycling project partnerships.

Moderator:  Chris Snow, Consolidated Resource Recovery

State of the Art Composting Comes to Florida -- Speaker David Hill, McGill Environmental Systems

Getting to Yes: Structuring Balanced Contracts for Successful Recycling Project Partnerships – Speaker:  Steven A. Torres, J.D., Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session transition

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session 5


Marketing, Social Media, and Education

Session overview:  Let’s Talk, Text, and Surf… Learn techniques on how you can promote your programs and organization projects through social media, consumer outreach, education and more!

Moderator: Dee Dee Green, Escambia County, FL

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session 6

Legislative Update Hour

Session overview:  Hear discussion on legislative updates, mandates, policies and issues facing our State and our industry.

Moderator: Heather Armstrong, Recycle Florida Today, Inc.

Speakers:  Shannan Reynolds, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

5:00 p.m.



This year's agenda will showcase a program covering a wide area of topics including collection innovations, corporate sustainability, best business practices, public education and more.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to register for a seperate training course hosted by TREEO Center University of Florida.


Course Title: Understanding Hazardous Waste Regulations in Solid Waste Operations and Recycling

When: RFT Winter Summit on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time:8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

TREEO Course & Summit Registration Cost: $245 ($200 savings)
*Rate increases January 1, 2015 to $295.00. Course only rate is $95.00 -- (Click here to register for the TREEO Course Only)

CEUs: 0.8, Solid Waste Course #720: Landfill /TS/MRF – 8.0; Spotter 4.0

Overview: The first four hours covers hazardous waste compliance designed for solid waste facility personnel. The purpose of the training is to teach individuals who work at landfills, construction and demolition sites, solid waste transfer stations, and materials recovery facilities how to identify and properly manage any hazardous waste they may encounter.

The second four hours covers the typical wastes encountered at solid waste facilities, facility inspections and enforcement issues and preparing for emergencies. The entire course incorporates key operational elements that your staff may face every day on the job.  Advance the working efficiency of your solid waste collection program.

Register now and take advantage of the discounted early-bird rates.  Don’t miss the opportunity to gain valuable insight and knowledge while networking with other environmental and recycling professionals from Florida’s leading organizations and beyond.


Click Here to Register Online for the Winter Summit

Click here to Down Registration Forms in PDF



Hotel Information:

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista.  A block of rooms is available for participants who wish to stay over.  To make your reservations via the link below or contact the hotel directly at (800) 325-3535 to receive the discounted rate of $125 per night (plus resort fee and taxes), free complimentary parking. Be sure to mention RFT - Recycle Florida Today to receive this great rate, which is available until December 22, 2014.  Call today and reserve your room!

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista

12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32836

Phone: (800) 325-3535




2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition

June 7 - 9, 2015


The Shores Resort & Spa - 2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 - (Tel) 386.767.7350 - Reservations: 866.934.7467

 Registration to Open Soon!

Join Florida’s premier recycling association from June 7-9, of well rounded education and networking opportunities in sunny Daytona Beach Shores, FL. Attendees will be able to sit in on multiple educational tracks, walk the exhibit hall to view the latest techniques, products and services in recycling and more.

Who Should Attend?

  • Environmental professionals from Local and State Governments, Private and Non-Profit Sectors, Program Managers, Recycling Coordinators, Directors, Managers, Consultants, Regulators, and those interested in the business and development of the recycling industry.



  • Registration will open soon! Registration opportunities for attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers! More information to come. Contact RFT now at for early sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities!


Lodging Information:

  • Discounted rooms are available at a rate of $132 per night plus taxes. When reserving your room mention "Recycle Florida Today". Group lodging discounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the group discount. Call 866.934.7467 for room reservations.


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 Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

E-mail: for more information.