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Florida groups honor Rep. Beshears

Lazaro Aleman, Greene Publishing, Inc.

Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) and Florida Affiliates recently honored District 7 Rep. Halsey Beshears for his support in ensuring that Floridians know the facts when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling.

According to KFB communication specialist Angela Spears, who communicated with Greene Publishing, Inc.'s sister newspaper, the Monticello News, via email, Beshears has been KFB's budget sponsor in the Florida House for the last two years.

“He was also a guest speaker at our 2015 Awards Ceremony and has always been a believer and supporter in all that KFB does,” Spears said.

Beshears, she added, well understood the importance of creating a clean, green and beautiful environment to live in.

Beshears responded by saying that it was the duty of all citizens to be the best stewards of the land possible.

“By picking up and recycling all the garbage we create, we can have a cleaner and better environment,” Beshears said. “Keep Florida Beautiful continues to lead the charge on cleaning up where others don't.”

According to KFB, the average American generates more than four pounds of trash daily. KFB and its affiliates holds as its mission to inspire and educate and empower people to improve their communities through the organization of cleanups and litter prevention education programs.

Considered one of Florida's largest volunteer-based community action and educational organizations, KFB hosts such cleanup events as the Great American Cleanup, the Drive It Home -- Keep Our Paradise Litter-Free campaign, and the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

“More than 200,000 people volunteer each year with Keep Florida Beautiful and the Florida Affiliates to keep our great state clean,” said KFB Chair Steve Lezman. “Thanks to Rep. Beshears and other lawmakers, we can share educational and motivational programs that focus on litter prevention, recycling and environmental awareness.”

Tuesday, Nov. 15, was designated as America Recycles Day, a day that is dedicated to providing education on proper recycling methods, reducing waste and reusing some items.

KFB, in partnership with a network of more than 40 county and city affiliates, actively engages in the education of citizens, visitors and communities to improve Florida through litter prevention, increased recycling, education and beautification efforts.

The goals, the organization states, are to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.

For more information, visit www.keepfloridabeautiful.org.

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