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.

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.

Renewed Focus on Sustainability Drives Name Change for SASWMA

by Cindy Pantea

SASWMA Now ReWorks Lead, Teach, Act - Target Zero

The Summit /Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has changed their name to ReWorks, with the tagline: Lead, Teach, Act — Target Zero. In their press release (shared below), ReWorks explains how the new name best fits their mission, which has expanded from reducing landfill use to reducing waste period.

For those who may not know, ReWorks is a long time friend of Keep Akron Beautiful. We work on projects together, such as The Summit of Sustainability Awards (SOSA), a project which they, too, are a founder. And often, when we receive calls from Akron residents asking where they should get rid of old tires, plastic grocery bags, packing peanuts, etc. We are able to share this information because of ReWorks. See .pdf version of Local Recycling Solutions from ReWorks: http://saswma.org/documents/Local%20Recycling%20Solutions2.pdf)

Thank you ReWorks!

ReWorks Press Release

Read a copy of the press release below regarding the name change from SASWMA to ReWorks:

ReWorks: Lead, Teach, Act-Target Zero

Annually, thousands of Summit County residents visit our Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center in Stow, take part in our free document shredding events, and participate in a community curbside recycling program that utilizes our grant funding. Dozens of schools invite us to share with their students the importance of environmental stewardship, while providing them with the tools to take part in school-based recycling efforts. Hundreds of local businesses take part in our free recycling programs, waste audits, and waste reduction consultations. Results- millions of pound of hazardous chemicals are recycled and not landfilled, identity theft is reduced, jobs are created, businesses reduce their trash by 80% while saving money on trash bills, millions of trees and natural resources are saved and still very few people know who we are.

In an effort to better deliver on our mission while building awareness of our vision, Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has changed its name to ReWorks. “ReWorks clearly reflects our mission, “states Yolanda Walker, ReWorks Executive Director. “Our mission has expanded from reducing reliance on landfills to reducing waste period. ReWorks will provide leadership, education, and engagement for Summit to be a Zero Waste county,” states Mrs. Walker.

ReWorks’ renewed focus on being a catalyst for sustainability provides the citizens of Summit County with the programs, resources and knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of the environment. As a result, our communities will make a significant contribution to our environment and our economy.

For more information on ReWorks programs call 330.374.0383 or visit saswma.org .

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Waste-Less Jeans by Levi’s

By Helen Dauka, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

Can you tell which of these pairs of Levi’s Jeans contains at least 20% materials from recycled plastic bottles and food trays?

 

 

 

 

The answer is the pair of Jeans on the left.
If you had troubles guessing which was which, don’t worry that’s the point. Levi’s new line of jeans, Wasteless, is designed to be more sustainable without the person wearing them being able to see or feel the difference.

So let’s talk specifics. What do jeans made of 20 percent recycled materials mean? It means each pair of jeans are saving eight 12- to 20-ounce bottles.

Brown beer bottles, green soda bottles, clear water bottle and black food trays are all sent to a manufacturing plant where they are broken down into tiny pellets, spun into polyester fibers and woven with cotton to produce the denim you see pictured above.

Johnathon Kirby, vice president of men’s design at Levis Strauss said that, “The end goal is to get people to think a little bit differently about about what they do with their waste. We want them to realize that a piece of trash can actually become something else that’s relevant to them.”

This ties in with what environmentalists call, “closing the loop.”

Now that you can see the difference these jeans are making for the world you can head over to Levi’s website and decide whether you can see yourself in the Wasteless jeans! There are Wasteless jeans for girls too!

If you find yourself loving the feeling of helping the environment and the feeling of the wasteless jeans, you might want to try Levi’s Waterless jeans too.