Up-Cycling Spotlight: Kenmore-Garfield High School Disability Classrooms

Something cool is happening at Kenmore-Garfield High School. They have two classes of children with multiple disabilities that are making a difference in their school, and ultimately in their community. One of these classes is responsible for the majority of the entire school’s recycling, which helped them win our Recycle-Bowl competition in the high school category this past fall! Kenmore-Garfield High School recycled a praise-worthy 2.04 tons of paper during our month-long competition. They also keep up the recycling all school year – not just during our competition!

students at kenmore garfield high school that recycled during recycle bowl

Kenmore-Garfield High School students that helped recycle 2.04 tons of paper!

In the other classroom, students are using up-cycling to create jewelry and holiday crafts. They use things like aluminum cans, candy tins, and bingo cards to create new things like pins, earrings, and Valentine’s Day cards.

Valentine’s Day crafts made by the students


The students learn skills doing this that can help them later to be more employable and more independent. The profits from their jewelry and craft sales are also used to fund field trips and replenish their supplies.

These students are running a complete business, and helping the environment while they’re at it. The students also run their own coffee shop where they sell their up-cycled items. It’s called “Garbucks,” and they deliver to the staff in the school (their vanilla latte gives Starbucks a run for their money!).

These students are making a difference in their school, and are setting an example for recycling and up-cycling!




Keep Akron Beautiful Awards Akron Public Schools Student Environmental Science Exhibits

Last Saturday was the 62nd annual Akron Public Schools Science, Math and Technology Expo. Each year this event is held at North High School., and each year Keep Akron Beautiful sends volunteer judges to choose projects and award monetary prizes. The projects the judges focus on are environmental.

Kevin Lockett of Lockett Media, who is a substitute teacher for Akron Public Schools and also a Keep Akron Beautiful Board Member, served as one of the judges. Cindy Pantea, who is a Keep Akron Beautiful staff member, also served as a judge.

The two judges awarded the following presentations:

A “Biodegradable Plastic” presentation was awarded $100 gift card. The project was done by Amora Thomas, who attends East High School. Thomas made plastic out of natural materials and tested the rate of decomposition of each type made. Her instructor is Coach Braho.

An “Airflow Cooling Different Rooms” presentation was awarded a $75 Visa gift card. The project’s owner was John Whorton, a 5th grader! For his project, Whorton made a homemade airflow apparatus to fit in a window and tested for a reduction in room temperature. His STEM instructor is Coach Beebe.

Emily McGuire, a 6th grader, walked away with a $50 gift card for her well-documented “Water Purifier” project, where McGuire used natural materials to clean dirty water. Her STEM instructor is Coach Justiss

A second award of a $50 Visa gift card went to Da’Vonte Whiteside, a student at East High School, for his project, “Solar Cooking.” Whiteside made a solar oven and recorded the solar baking process of cookies. His instructor is Busker-Postlethw.

Science can make nature more beautiful, and on top of that, for young minds, science projects like these exercises critical thinking skills. For both reasons, Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be a sponsor judge of this event for an environmental category.

See more happenings from this year’s SMT Expo:

See pics of other environmental projects the KAB judges viewed and liked on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Keepakronbeautiful/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10160076592385604

Images from Science Expo at Akron Public Schools website at http://akronschools.com/news/what_s_new/images_from_science_expo


Update to Summit Soil & Water Conservation District Seedling and Rainbarrel Program

by Cindy Pantea

You may have been redirected to this updated blog, as of January 31, 2018, if you clicked on the order form from our February 2013 blog. We are sorry, that ol’ blog was written for our friends at the Soil and Water Conservation District, to help spread the word on their 2013 programming.

Don’t get discouraged yet, however! If you would like updated information from the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District on their 2018 native seedling program, please try clicking through to their website at https://sswcd.summitoh.net/homeowner-assistance/native-plants.

If you are reading this for the first time and want to learn more or for additional information on other programming for Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, please call the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District directly at 330-929-2871 or visit their About Us page.

Thank you for reading our Keep Akron Beautiful blog, we hope writing this helps to keep things updated.


Recycling Solutions in Akron

By Johanna Barnowski, Communications Intern

It can be hard to keep track of what can be recycled and what can’t. It can be even harder to find a place to take things that are recyclable, but not accepted by your city recycling. Or maybe you live in an apartment complex that doesn’t even have recycle bins.

We know this can be hard, and we don’t always have the time for the extra effort it takes to find out where we can even take recyclables instead of throwing them away to sit in a landfill!

Below is a list of locations to recycle some of those odd things that we can’t put in our city bins. Check the list – you might even find out some things are recyclable and you didn’t even know!

From now until November 10th you can take all paper recycling to one of 30 APS and Akron-Area Private Schools to help them win our annual Recycle-Bowl Contest in correspondence with America Recycles Day on November 15th! See the list of schools and more details here!

Also, did you know that each week on your normal trash and recycling pick up day you are allowed to place large items on the curb next to your bins (like furniture, appliances, and even tires!), and the city will pick them up at no charge? Check here to see what is accepted and how many (8 tires per year are permitted).

Photo via The City of Akron (http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/Public_Works/Trash_Collection/index.html)

Another way of disposing of items that do not fit in your bins is a Special Bulk Volume Pick Up. You must pre-schedule a pickup if you have a large amount of trash (maybe after cleaning out your house or moving out). Each Akron resident is allowed 3 special bulk volume pick ups per year for free! To schedule – call 311 from a landline inside the city, or 330-375-2311 from a cell phone. You can also use the city’s new online platform anytime, anywhere at akronohio.gov/311 Click here for more information.

Photo via The City of Akron (http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/Public_Works/Trash_Collection/index.html)

There also is assistance available for those with medical conditions that prohibit them from being able to take their bins to the curb. More information here.

The list below is from Summit Reworks and can be found here.

Summit Reworks website can answer your recycling questions as well. Check out their website for all kinds of information on recycling and even Household Hazardous Waste.

Make sure you call the locations for hours and any restrictions before you arrive with your items.