by Cindy Pantea
This post has been updated with current links and info as of 4/15/2015.
Keep Akron Beautiful works in conjunction with the City of Akron on litter cleanup and illegal dumping, and we also promote recycling programs for the city.
As residents, our options are only good for us if we are: (a) aware of what programs exists, and (b) use the programs in the most efficient way. So, here is some useful and interesting information…
Akron Curbservice Program
Unlike many other cities, we get recycling with our city trash collection service as well as special pickup and bulk pickup — all curbside. To get the most of this waste and recycling service, follow the guidelines for what can be recycled, how to prepare your recycling, how many special pickups are offered and how to schedule one, and how to prepare bulk items for pickup. Click on the following updated link for 2014-2015 guidelines (last updated 2014): 2014_trash_service_brochure. Know that you can always find the most updated curbservice brochure at the City of Akron website here.
One common question about the Akron Curbservice Program is: Can you dispose of sharps (needles, syringes or lancets) in your garbage? The answer is yes. However, you must do it properly. That goes for other home health care waste, too, like soiled bandages, gauze, disposable sheets, tubings and used medical gloves. For safe disposal of your home health care waste in your homestead trash, click on the following link: Safe Disposal Tips for Home Health Care Waste.
Note: You should be aware that even if you dispose of your sharps as suggested on the Safe Disposal Tips, it does not mean that sharps do not end up in landfills nor does it ensure that someone won’t get poked by the contents. This is why Summit County has a…
Sharps Disposal Program
Summit County offers this program to ensure the safe collection and disposal of used sharps. Through this program, sharps containers are properly cleaned and the contents are incinerated. Only the ashes end up in the landfills.
For dropoffs, residents can go to the Summit County Public Health Department at the Stow (Graham Road) or Barberton location. Cost is $5 to receive a 5-qt sharps container and $5 for disposal. To learn more about this program, follow this link: http://www.scphoh.org/environmental/ENV-SolidWaste.html.
Dispose of Unused Medications Properly (D.U.M.P.) Program
Don’t trash or flush medications! Summit County provides a free, safe and easy option for disposal. This includes liquids, pills and capsules. It is a great program that helps keep the environment and neighborhoods safe. Fourteen D.U.M.P. locations exist. Get info and find a location nearest you by following this link: http://www.scphoh.org/ENVIRONMENTAL/ENV-DUMP.html
We hope this post helps spread the word about your waste and recycling options. For more about Akron’s Curbservice Program, visit here. For additional recycling information visit the Recycling Division here.
Litter, Dumping and Keep Akron Beautiful
Remember, our litter crews continue to help keep Akron beautiful. For assistance on:
- A NEIGHBORHOOD LITTER SWEEP: Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.
- A DUMPING IN PROGRESS: Call Akron Police at 330-375-2181.
- DUMPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: Call 3-1-1 from a city landline phone, which is 330-375-2311 from any phone.
- REPORTING A DUMPSITE: Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116 OR 3-1-1 (330-375-2311).
- BORROWING CARDBOARD LITTER AND PLASTIC RECYCLING CONTAINERS: Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.
- GETTING A CARDBOARD ACBC RECYCLING BOX FOR CANS FOR YOUR OFFICE OR BORROWING ONE FOR AN EVENT (BENEFITS AKRON CHILDREN’S BURN CENTER): Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.
Thank you for helping to keep Akron beautiful.