America Recycles Day


Competition Overview

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 competition took place from October 17- November 11, 2016.

2016 Results

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 pounds 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 than in 2015!

In addition to all of the local awards, all participating schools are also competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. Due to the success of Keep Akron Beautiful’s mixed recycle paper drive three years ago, Keep America Beautiful used KAB’s program as the template for their national competition.

St. Mary School was crowned as the Ohio state champion of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl, the national recycling competition for K-12 students, teachers and school communities. This marks the first time in Keep Akron Beautiful’s history, a school was recognized on a national level of the Recycle-Bowl Competition. "It’s encouraging to see students of all age groups and from all parts of the country get so excited about recycling both at school and at home," said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President/Recycling, Keep America Beautiful. "Congratulations to St. Mary School, our Ohio state winner."

Keep Akron Beautiful CEO, Jacqui Ricchiuti, visited St. Mary’s School on May 23, 2017 to present Principal Dr. Patricia Nugent and members of the school’s student council with their Recycle-Bowl State Winner certificate, mounted in a recycled-content plaque. St. Mary School was also presented with a proclamation from the City of Akron, proclaiming Tuesday, May 23, 2017 as "St. Mary School Day" in the City of Akron recognizing them for their commitment to recycling in the City of Akron.


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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.

This paper drive was designed to prove that Akron’s school staff and students, parents, community members and local businesses can help save trees, which purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases just by giving our trash a second life. The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.

Please contact Helen Dauka at or 330.375.2116 if you would like to participate!






Keep Akron Beautiful visited St. Mary's School on America's Recycles Day to celebrate with the students. Over 100 students participated in an activity from the Keep America Beautiful Waste in Place Curriculum.  Keep Akron Beautiful and Lucky the Lady Bug, Ohio’s First Lady of Litter Prevention handed out America Recycles Day stickers, pins and pencils.






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