Update on Community Pride Trailer Weekend Glendale Community Garden Project

by Cindy Pantea

Community Pride Trailer at The New Glendale GardenThank you so much for the wonderful resource of the Community Pride Trailer!!!!! This was the sentiment from the Glendale Eco District group who used the Community Pride Trailer (CPT) and worked to create The New Glendale Community Garden this past weekend. Through uncooperative weather…and some really hard earth, I might add.

KAB's Ccommunity Pride Trailer Rototiller Used at The New Glendale GardenYet the gardening tools from the Keep Akron Beautiful CPT, soil from PRO-MIX® growing mixes, and a lot of sweat and passion from volunteers (neighbors, business owners, and organizations) like Hazel Tree Interiors, Akron Firestation #3 and Asian Services in Action, worked around the raindrops and through the chill to make the soil ready for planting.

In addition the group received expert assistance from an edible landscaping enthusiast and the community organization, Let’s Grow Akron.

Next on The New Glendale Community Garden agenda: St. Vincent-St. Mary Girl Scout Troop will plant a berry bed on May 19. Then, St. Vincent-St. Mary 3rd and 4th graders will learn gardening basics and about eating healthy from a teacher and volunteer, all in preparation to plant vegetables at The New Glendale Garden for the Salvation Army. And dianacoffee.com will soon be donating burlap bags for planting potatoes above ground.

There also will be signups for the designated families to take care of their garden spot.

Needless to say, this whole project has educated and assisted a lot of people. So thanks go gardeners, organizers, and especially the property owner who has lended his property for this effort.

Isn’t it great to live in Akron?

Visit the Keep Akron Beautiful Facebook page for more Community Pride Trailer photos.

 Glendale Eco District with Community Pride Trailer CPT

 

 

Keep Akron Beautiful Places Recycling Bins at the Akron Marathon

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Keep Akron Beautiful in partnership with the Akron Marathon received 25 litter recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the finish line of the Akron Marathon. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation. In 2012, The Akron Marathon earned certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for efforts to reduce the event’s environmental footprint and increase its social impact. The Akron Marathon’s sustainability program is titled Environmental Endurance.

At the 2012 race, 77.7 percent of all waste was diverted from the landfill; of the 7.25 tons of waste, 0.17 ton was composted and 5.46 tons were recycled. The grant that the Akron Marathon and Keep Akron Beautiful has received will assist litter recycling at the event, in which over 15,000 runners participate. Recycling is a key component in the Akron Marathon and we are so excited to have been able to assist them in their recycling efforts.

“The Akron Marathon is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Anne Bitong, executive director. “We have put a lot of effort into providing a community event that is socially and environmentally responsible, and thanks to our partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, we will be able to continually improve our recycling efforts at the finish line this year.

President & CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, Paula Davis added, “This is a fine example of how our agency can promote recycling-on-the-go in our community to reinforce personal recycling behavior outside of our homes, schools and places of work. Thank you to our national organization, Keep America Beautiful, for providing these funding opportunities to address our local sustainability goals.”

Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be partnered with the Akron Marathon, and we cannot wait to show how these bins will improve our recycling effort in 2013.

Keep Akron Beautiful places recycling bins at Akron Marathon 2013

The Finish Line at the Akron Marathon 2013 will have 25 bin’s provided by the Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful. Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be partnered with the Akron Marathon for this grant.

Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer Helps Feed Hungry

by Cindy Pantea

Today and tomorrow, with the help of Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer, PRO-MIX® growing mixes, and Canton Road Garden Center, wonderful Akron volunteers such as firefighters, Girl Scouts, church youth groups and high school students, will turn an Akron neighborhood vacant lot into a food forest.

What is a food forest?

A food forest (similar to sustainable landscaping or gardening) is a technique that mimics the way things grow in nature by substituting trees with bushes, shrubs, herbs and vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.

With the creation of this food forest in Akron, called “The New Glendale Garden,” 20 families will have access to fresh grown food and learn how to live sustainable lives.

In addition, a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry” will be used to grow produce that will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

The New Glendale Garden

The New Glendale Garden is currently a vacant lot near the Glendale steps. An interesting fact is that this area was an unfinished WPA project from the depression era.

In The New Glendale Garden will be a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry.” Whatever food is yielded in this area will be donated to the Akron Regional Food Bank.

New Glendale Garden Volunteer Schedule

On May 10, the Keep Akron Beautiful Trailer is scheduled to arrive at The New Glendale Garden at 3:30 p.m. Subsequently, at 5 p.m., a $4000 donation of growing mixes from PRO-MIX arrives for volunteers to unload. Then, on May 11, tilling the soil begins.

If you would like to help with this garden feel free to join in by showing up at the vacant lot next to S. Walnut Street Akron, OH 44303 or contact 330-338-0011.

Much of this information from taken from Pro Mix Release for Akron. Thank you Leah Haugh from Garden Media Group for passing along this information. Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be named along with PRO-MIX, Canton Road Garden Center, and the amazing volunteers on such a worthwhile project.

 

 

Confidential Shredding and Waste Recycling Dates by ReWorks

by Cindy Pantea

ReWorks invites you to recycle more! That’s why they are sponsoring confidential paper shredding events to take place on Saturdays between 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON for Summit County residents and businesses. There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags at each shredding event scheduled as follows:

  • May 11 – Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd., Stow (NO Hazardous Waste Waste* will be accepted at this event)
  • Jun 08 – Fairlawn Service Department at 3300 Fairlawn Service Dr. (off Smith Rd.)
  • Jul 13 – Macedonia City Hall at 9691 Valley View Rd.
  • Aug 10 – Green Central Administration at 1755 Townpark Blvd.
  • Sept 14 – Barberton BCF Sports Complex at 841 Wooster Rd. W. (enter Wooster Rd. West only)
  • Oct 05 – The Job Center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron

Remember to remove and reuse: binder clips, paper clips, rubber bands, report covers, binders, and hanging files. NOTHING made of plastic, wood or metal  will be accepted. Staples are okay.

 *Got Hazardous Waste?

On each Thursday, June 6 through September 26, 2013, 2-8 PM, the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd. in Stow will be open to accept your hazardous waste with a couple stipulations: (1) NO latex paint accepted and (2) Residents only – NO businesses, churches or organizations.

Need Alternate Hazardous Waste Disposal Solutions?

If you need alternate hazardous waste disposal solutions, ReWorks has a .pdf brochure with information here. For other information or to contact ReWorks, visit summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383. 

With a renewed focus on sustainability, ReWorks provides the citizens of Summit County with the programs, resources and knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of the environment.

ReWorks, Keep Akron Beautiful, The City of Akron, the County of Summit, and the Greater Akron Chamber are proud founders of The Summit of Sustainability Awards.