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The results are in!
After competing in a month long competition, 5 schools proved themselves champion paper recyclers during the Recycle Bowl Competion.
First Place Elementary School: Voris CLC
Recycled 9.1 pounds per student or 1.33 tons total of paper earning a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company
First Place Middle School: Our Lady of the Elms
Recycled 16.2 pounds per student which is equal to 1.13 tons total earning a $500 cash prize, courtesy of the River Valley Paper.
First Place High School: Kenmore High School
Recycled 7.16 pounds per student or 1.52 tons total earning a $500 cash prize, courtesy of the River Valley Paper.
Most Pounds of Paper Recycled Overall: St. Mary School
Recycled 28.82 tons of paper per student or 2.4 tons total earning a $500 cash prize, courtesy of the River Valley Paper.
Most Improved: Hyre CLC
Recycled 1,030 more pounds in 2016 than in 2015 earning a $250 cash prize.
Overall, we are proud to announce that 21.52 tons or 47,460 pounds of paper was recycled citywide, which is 1,310 pounds more than in 2015!
The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit our America Recycles Day page to see a full list of competing schools and more information on the competition.
REGISTRATION COMING SOON
Believe it or not, April will be here before we know it! When making New Year's Resolutions, don't forget to include a Clean Up Akron Month project on your list!
Last year, 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!
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 www.akroncf.org/give/KeepAkronBeautifulFund 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.
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!