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Mornings unPHILtered - Retail trends and recycling in Bulloch
Dr. Ron Shiffler - photo by Herald File
    After a week off for Christmas, Phil Boyum was back in the “blue room” Monday to host  “Mornings unPHILtered.” The first guest on the show was Dr. Ron Shiffler, Dean of GSU's College of Business Administration.  
    Shiffler spoke about retail trends and how retail shopping is more going online, with much less paperwork in the store and more electronic records keeping. He related a visit to an Apple store, where he dared to use cash and asked for a real receipt, both actions which elicited a cold stare from the clerk. The store only uses debit or credit cards and emails all receipts to customers.
    Shiffler then spoke of how the major shipping companies use air transportation for most goods, and how they have figured how best to fit the most items into the smallest spaces. Once items arrive, Shiffler said, the drivers are given exact routes to take to deliver items.
    These routes are planned out to drive the fewest miles, make the fewest stops, and travel the least taxing roadways, thereby lessening the wear and tear on their truck fleets.
    Boyum then welcomed Jenna Lawson, executive director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful, to the show. This organization's main focuses is to enhance the beauty of Bulloch County through education and public action.
    KBB works with local businesses towards reducing and recycling all waste, preventing littering through education efforts, and encouraging beautification of cities and towns, and well as individual properties and businesses throughout the county.
    Lawson said the group is funded by the county and the city, with most of its money coming from “tippage fees.” The annual Christmas tree recycling, “Bring One for the Chipper,” program is now in its seventh year and will take place on Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at two sites in the county.
    Anderson's General Store on Highway 80 East will be the city site, while Brooklet will have a chipper at their public works building. Most trees will be chipped, while some will be used for erosion prevention. Free mulch will be available at each of these sites, and will be loaded for those who ask.
    At each of the 16 Keep Bulloch Beautiful recycling centers set up throughout the county there is a box for yard waste into which county residents may also place their Christmas tree from now until January 9.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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