How to Make Your Own Paper

by Cindy Pantea

If you read Jacqui’s blog post on America Recycles Day about her visit to Case Elementary School in Akron, you learned that the students from Case made their own paper. Making your own paper is a fun activity and a great way to recycle on your own! Here is how the kids at Case made their own paper:

First, the students tore the paper in strips. They used newspaper, but you can use any type of old paper (used notebook paper, used typing paper, used envelopes).

Recycling: How to make paper - shred

Next, the students made pulp with small shreds of paper and some water. While some may use a mortar and pestle, these students used a blender and fed the paper in the top as it was whir-r-rling away!

Recycling: How to make paper - blend to make pulp

Then, the students poured the pulp over a framed screen that was in a pan of water.

Recycling: How to make paper - pour pulp on screen

Next, the students carefully lifted the screen out of the pan of water to let it air dry.

Recycling: How to make paper - lift screen of pulp

Finally, after the paper dried, the students carefully peeled the dried paper from the screen and voila…

Recycling: How to make paper - voila

THEY MADE PAPER!!!! And, you can too!

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Happy America Recycles Day: Celebrating Recycling TODAY and EVERYDAY

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

What a wonderful day to celebrate recycling! Today, I was able to see the reasons why Keep Akron Beautiful puts the Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day programs together for all of the students across the City of Akron! I visited Mr. Craig Sampsell’s class at Case Elementary School to take photos of their paper-making activity and their “Green Team” paper pickup. I also learned all the reasons why they LOVE RECYCLING! Make sure to check out the gallery below to see all the pictures of the students in Mr. Sampsell’s class making paper and recycling! Happy America Recycles Day to all! We hope you have taken the pledge to recycle MORE!

Happy America Recycles Day from Keep Akron Beautiful!

By Helen Dauka, KAB Intern from The University of Akron

While Jacqui is out taking pictures this morning at the Akron schools who participated in the Recycle-Bowl competition, let me tell you how it went. During the competition, 47,600 pounds of paper was recycled. What a great way to celebrate America Recycles Day!

Thank you to all the students, teachers and community members who participated in the Recycle-Bowl Competition!

Email friends to remind them to recycle on America Recycles DayHere are Tips to Help You Celebrate America Recycles Day

  • Send an email: Remind friends, family, coworkers, employees or customers about America Recycles Day with an email! Encourage them to recycle more or recycle things they don’t usually.
  • Kick  off a season of recycling: According to the Clean Air Council, an extra million tons of waste is generated each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This holiday season, don’t just give, recycle too! Spread this message using tools like social media. Just like giving, the spirit of recycling shouldn’t just happen on America Recycles Day, but all year! And, speaking of the holiday season…
  • Buy eco-friendly wrapping paper!: Black Friday is right around the corner! Another way to go green for the holidays is to wrap your gifts in eco-friendly recycled paper with soy based inks, biodegradable twine, masking tape made of rice paper, cotton gift bags etc. So many ways to go green for the holidays (and super cute too)! Check out some of these products found at

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KAB on 1590 WAKR-AM

by Helen Dauka, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

Did you tune in to 1590 WAKR-AM  Saturday morning on October 13  to hear Keep Akron Beautiful on the radio?

For those of you who missed the memo or might have just been sleeping in, I joined John Sharp of River Valley Paper Company on the radio show My Beautiful Home to talk about the Recycle Bowl competition. My Beautiful Home on WAKR logo

John and I sat down to chat with the show hosts Andy January and Katheryn DeLong about the benefits of recycling, the importance of getting kids involved and what roles KAB and River Valley Paper Company are playing in these efforts.

Being my first time on the radio, I was a little apprehensive. Everyone at the station was so friendly and helpful though! Before the interview, Andy told me it would be the fastest hour of my life. After all was said and done, I’d have to almost agree with him! Andy and Kathryn were both great hosts, making the interview run seamlessly. I think it sounded like an actual conversation. On par with the hosts, John Sharp can only be described as a natural.

The studio was very crowded that morning. There were probably 4-5 microphones and seven of us trying to share them! In the studio that day were Margie and Ray Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio, Rochelle Fisher, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County and phoning in was Judi Bar, owner of HeartLight Yoga Center n Rocky River Ohio.

Each guest had something green to say! To learn more about the other guests, visit for the recap and links to their websites. Check back to see when the show is posted!

Tune in to 1590 WAKR-AM on Saturdays at 10am to hear MY Beautiful Home.

Thanks again to John, Andy and Kathryn for a fun Saturday morning!