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In order to recognize the importance of America Recycles Day on November 15 and the importance of recycling, Keep Akron Beautiful, along with Akron Public Schools and selected private schools has joined forces with River Valley Paper Company to host an annual mixed paper drive competition between high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. The winning elementary school will receive a $250 cash prize and a school wide pizza party, while the winning middle and high schools will each receive a $500 cash prize.


The competition will take place from October 17- November 11, 2016.

Currently, bins are located at the following Akron Public School Locations: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel CLC, Case Elementary School, David Hill CLC, East CLC, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Hatton CLC, Helen Arnold CLC, Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Judith A. Resnik CLC, Kenmore High School, Leggett CLC, Litchfield CLC, McEbright CLC, North High School, Robinson CLC, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling CLC, and Voris CLC. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Hoban High School, Middlebury Academy, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, St. Mary School and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.


The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Help a school in your nieghborhood win the Recycle Bowl Competition by filling up their collection bins!



Fall is almost here! Have you started thinking about planting your fall bulbs?
Keep Akron Beautiful's Bulbscape Fundraiser is back with all your needs!

Orders and payments must be in the KAB office by October 17, 2016 and will be avialable for pickup the week of October 31, 2016. Beginning September 15, 2016, orders place online will be shipped directly to you!

For more information, visit the Bulbscape Fundraiser page of the Keep Akron Beautiful website.
If you're ready to place your order online, click here.





Keep Akron Beautiful Creates Agency Endowment Fund

Funds will be used to support the ongoing mission of Keep Akron Beautiful: “Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management,” in the City of Akron, Ohio. 


We recently started an agency endowment fund at Akron Community Foundation as a way to ensure a permanent, predictable stream of funding for our mission. The Keep Akron Beautiful Endowment Fund welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, closely held stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets. Gifts can be made online at or by calling 330-376-8522.


Keep Akron Beautiful would like to thank Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, who made a $5,000 gift to Akron Community Foundation to establish the Keep Akron Beautiful Endowment Fund.



An Education/Public Awareness Specialist 



During the month of April, 3,433 volunteers cleaned up 124 sites and 1,350 students cleaned their campuses. Volunteers cleaned 31 city parks, 26 school campuses and 5 community centers. Litter totaling 33,821.04 lbs. or 16.71 tons was collected, along with 570 lbs. of recyclables. Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers also collected 148 tires, 4 propane tanks, 2 couches and 1 truck cab, which were illegally dumped. A diverse group of individuals and organizations dedicated over 16,910 hours to join the fight against litter and Clean Up Akron!

 Thank you and congratulations to our volunteers!




KAB Presidents Circle Winner 2015

 A 2015 Keep America Beautiful National Award Winner

Keep Akron Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful President Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities to help transform public spaces into beautiful places.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Akron Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

Read our At A Glance page for more information on what Keep Akron Beautiful does all year to earn the honor of a President's Circle award.


Community Programs Brought to You by

Keep Akron Beautiful


Schedule a Group Activity

Is your group, church, or youth program planning to plant a community garden or organizing a cleanup before the weather breaks? We have the supplies to assist. Get info on our Community Pride Trailer and Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup Trailer. Book your trailer before the end of the season (October 31).


Get Free Litter Containers

Need litter or recycling containers for an event? Take advantage of our FREE receptable loan program.


Help Control Neighborhood Litter

Feel like your favorite park or neighborhood needs a litter sweep? For all city/public property cleanup requests, call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330.375.2116 for a sweep by our hardworking Litter Crew: Tim, Gordon, William and volunteers. For vacant lot and private property dumping/litter complaints call City 311 (330.375.2116) and submit your request. See a dumping in progress? Call Akron Police at 330-375-2181. Thank you for helping us with litter reduction in our City of Akron.


Increase Your Quality of Life

Take time to enjoy the beautiful Flowerscapes around town. Brought to you through the passion and sweat of our beloved Flowerscape Crew: Leah, Polly, Sue and Tim.


Help Us Control Graffiti

See graffiti around town or need private property graffiti removal? Call the City of Akron Customer Service Center by dialing 311 from your landline phone or 330.375.2311 from other phones. All you need to do is report it, unless it is on your private property. For your private property graffiti removal, the charge is $50 (could be higher for larger jobs), and you'll get a visit from our Graffiti Blaster Master, Tim!

graffiti removal helps Keep Akron Beautiful



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