Recycle-Bowl Competition

By: Johanna Barnowski, Community Outreach & Program Manager

Recycling has paid off for six Akron schools who are winners of this year’s Recycle-Bowl Competition. Keep Akron Beautiful in conjunction with River Valley Paper Company hosted the competition, which lasted from October 22 to November 16. This year, 23 Akron Public Schools, three charter schools, and seven private schools participated. This competition is a mixed paper drive that helps celebrate America Recycles Day, educate about recycling, and encourage recycling to the students and community.

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Altogether, these 33 schools were able to collect 24.36 tons or 48,720 pounds of paper, which is just slightly more than in 2017. The winning elementary school, with 7.1 pounds per student (pps) and .80 tons recycled, is McEbright CLC. Their prize includes $250 and a pizza party. The winning middle school with 5.3 pps and 2.20 tons recycled, is Hyre CLC. The winning high school, with 3.52 pps and 1.48 tons recycled, is Kenmore-Garfield High School. The middle and high school winners will receive a cash prize of $500. The winning multi-grade school is Emmanuel Christian Academy, who recycled 7.61 pps and .95 tons overall. Their prize will be $250. These schools all recycled the most paper per pound per student in their respective category.

This year’s Most Improved winner is St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, who recycled 1,120 more pounds in 2018 than in 2017. Their total this year was 3.26 pps and 1.10 tons recycled. They will receive a $250 prize. Finally, this year’s OVERALL winner is Saint Mary School, who recycled 20.61 pounds of paper per student and 1.87 tons total! They will receive a $500 prize. All prizes will be awarded in early January 2019.

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. For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron school locations, contact Johanna Barnowski at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116.

Thank you to all of the schools who participated this year, including: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel CLC, Case Elementary School, East CLC, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Hatton CLC, Helen Arnold CLC, Hyre CLC, I Promise School, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Resnik CLC, Kenmore-Garfield High School, Leggett CLC, McEbright CLC, Miller South School VPA, North High School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling CLC, and Voris CLC. The following charter schools also have bins: Akron Preparatory School, Main Preparatory Academy and Middlebury Academy. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Hoban High School, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

 

This is Not a Goodbye, But a “See You Soon”

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

When I was a little girl in the 4th grade, I attended Glover Elementary school in Akron, OH. I was only 10 years old at the time, and I’m going to be honest here and say that I don’t remember much of my 4th grade years, except for a few memories here and there. One of those very memorable moments was when Pam Ray, Education Specialist at Keep Akron Beautiful, came to my class and presented on the topic of Arbor Day, a national holiday that celebrates tree-planting. We learned so much about how to take care of trees and the different types of trees in local areas all around us.

I distinctly remember the day I brought home my little seedling. I was so excited to plant it in my very own backyard. As soon as I got home from school that day, I didn’t wait for anyone to help me. Instead, I ran outside to my backyard, dug up a hole and set my seedling in place, making sure to pack the soil tightly around it. As I stood up, covered in dirt, a smile grew on my face. I was so proud of that little seedling and I thought to myself, “One day, it’ll be the biggest, baddest tree there ever was!” The very next morning, my little seedling tipped over from the heavy wind the night before. I was devastated.

Jacqui, myself, Helen, Pam, Cindy & Elaine on my last day at KAB.

Jacqui, myself, Helen, Pam, Cindy & Elaine on my last day at KAB.

Fast forward some 14 years later and here I am, writing this blog post from the KAB office itself. I have been the Communications Intern for KAB since January 2015 and, with what feels like the blink of an eye, today is my last day. From the very beginning, I was welcomed in with open arms. Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, CEO, immediately showed me the ropes and from there, I wrote blog posts, handled the social media and the monthly newsletter with help and supervision from Helen Dauka, Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, and Cindy Pantea, Communications and Office Manager. I am so glad that I was given such big responsibilities from day one because it has given me the chance to learn and grow as a person. Not one day was wasted and I even had the opportunity to tag along with Pam on one of her classroom presentations! It was incredible to hear the Arbor Day presentation and having the chance to re-live the moment when I heard about KAB for the very first time.

Now, I have to be honest (again). I was never really the recycling type and I’m ashamed to say that I was quite the litter bug, but after being a part of the KAB team, I have been so inspired by the volunteers who take the time out of their day to clean our neighborhoods, parks and the community. Also, all the hard work and energy that the KAB staff spends on every project and program is truly amazing. After everything that I have learned here, from great work ethics to litter prevention, I have been inspired to work just as hard as the KAB staff and volunteers to prevent littering and recycle items in an effort to keep Akron beautiful!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to have interned here. Not only have I learned how to reach our volunteers and community members through social media and content, but I have also adapted eco-friendly ways that will help make a positive impact on the natural environment. As I go about my last day here at KAB, I can only strive to be as hard working and inspirational as the KAB staff and hope that my efforts as an intern have helped the organization as much as they have helped me.

Thank you, KAB, for being so kind and welcoming during my time here!
I’ve had the best time being a part of the team!
I’ll miss you all so much!

P.S. – I was able to receive another seedling, Thanks to Pam.
Here’s to hoping this seedling will grow!

Revisiting Dreamscape 2014: Steve Williams and David Jesse

By: Nalee vang, Communications Intern

In our last “Revisiting” blog post, we had the opportunity to follow up with the 2013 Dreamscape winner, the Akron Rotary Camp. Don’t miss out on that blog post; read it now!

In 2014, lucky homeowners, Steve Williams and David Jesse, won the Dreamscape raffle, which allows the winner to have the landscape makeover of their dreams worth over $10,000! Craig Graf and Lisa Graf of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscaping were the lead landscapers. Many renovations were done including planting trees and flowers, light fixtures and installation of a maintenance-free fence and a pergola. For details of the whole process, read “Dreamscape Makeover Provided Finishing Touches to West Akron Home“.

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The results were amazing, and seeing the transformation through photos really showed how much work was put into this Dreamscape makeover. We wondered how Steve and David have been keeping up with their exciting change, so we did some catching up of our own with Steve:

Nalee Vang: What was your initial reaction after finding out that you won the Dreamscape Makeover?
Steve Williams: Well, first, [was] shocked.  We absolutely never thought we would be the winners! Then, our thoughts turned into what we would change in our yard now that we had the chance.

NV: The transformation in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture was beautiful. What was your favorite part of the makeover?  
SW: Working with Grafs to design the space and then watching the transformation unfold. It was amazing to watch the craftsmanship that the crew from each firm brought to the project.

KAB-Dreamscape-DrawingNV: How has the makeover changed your home?  
SW: We now have this amazing outdoor living space. We spend more time outside, when the weather permits, relaxing, enjoying the space and entertaining.

NV: Has there been any challenges keeping up with the renovations?  
SW: Well, once the renovation was underway, we realized we would need furniture for the space as well!  Thankfully, we found some wonderful pieces that give it the feel of an outdoor living room, which complimented our existing patio area perfectly.

NV: Looking back at the whole process, what are some reflections or thoughts you have that you want to share with us?
SW: The staff of Keep Akron Beautiful were wonderful and did a very good job of keeping us informed about what would happen along the way.

NV: Were you pleased with the results?
SW: Absolutely!  We could not be more pleased with the outcome.

NV: What is some advice for future winners?
SW: Be prepared for A LOT of change in a very short time!  It can seem overwhelming at times, but hang in there, because the end result is SO worth it!

NV: Would you recommend purchasing a ticket for the Dreamscape Makeover?
SW: Most certainly.  By purchasing a ticket, you help continue the excellent work being done to beautify our community at Keep Akron Beautiful.  Winning was just a bonus!

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The Dreamscape Makeover Raffle is Keep Akron Beautiful’s annual fundraiser that was developed 12 years ago to help support our public land beautification program, Flowerscape. We are so happy that Steve and David enjoyed their Dreamscape experience with us! Now, you have a chance to win your very own Dreamscape Makeover too! Purchase a ticket now!

Where Can I Recycle My Hazardous Household Waste?

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

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When it comes to recycling, it is important to know what items are considered hazardous household waste (HHW). The fact of the matter is, we are using a lot of items in our household that fall into that category and we might not even know it! Thankfully, Summit ReWorks has all the information you need and we want to share it with you!

Not recycling HHW can be harmful to the environment and anyone who comes into contact with it. “Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets, and present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.” When you recycle HHW, it also conserves resources and energy that would be spent producing more products.

For Summit County residents only, Summit ReWorks provides a safe and convenient option for recycling any hazardous waste. The HHW Recycling Center (HHWRC) will be open from 2 PM – 8 PM during the months of June – September, so gather up any HHW you may have around the house and be prepared to drop them off!

Accepted HHW materials fall into these categories:

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Courtesy of wqcs.org

Automotive Fluids
Paint & Related
Household Cleaners
Lawn & Garden
Garage & Workshops
Batteries
Scrap Tires
Home
Beauty Products
For detailed items under these categories, make sure you visit the Summit ReWorks’ HHW page.

Products such as nail polish remover, window cleaners, bug spray and glue are all common household items that are used in our everyday lives. Can you believe that these products are considered HHW? Proper disposal of HHW can really make a difference in your community and in your home, so do your part and recycle your HHW!