Clean Up Akron Month

Clean Up Akron Month

Join Keep Akron Beautiful this April & Register to Clean Up Your City.
As the snow melts, we need civic organizations & individual volunteers to help pick up litter & illegal dumping in the City of Akron. Any public space in the City of Akron can be a site, whether it's a neighborhood park, the street you live on or your school campus. Keep Akron Beautiful will supply your group with the supplies you need to have a successful cleanup.

 The first 1,000 registered volunteers will receive free admission to the Akron Zoo on Super Saturday-- Keep Akron Beautiful's Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Volunteers will receive a free lunch, awards ceremony, mascot and music.

Click HERE to register! All group leaders/main contacts are required to fill out a participant list and have all volunteers complete the waiver forms (all of which will be included in registration packet).


Mr. Hafford's Crouse CLC Leadership Group cleaned up their school campus and Perkins Pool Park on April 29, while dancing in between rain drops. Then, they hung out at the Akron Zoo Super Saturday.

Clean Up Akron Month 2017 RESULTS

Thanks to the 3,221 volunteers who registered for cleanups throughout April! Of these 1,851 were community volunteers and 1,370 were student groups.Volunteers cleaned a total of 112 sites including 31 city parks, 24 school campuses, and 8 community centers. More than 38,540 lbs, or 19.27 tons of trash was collected as well as 14 bags of recycling and 91 tires over the course of 12,884 hours dedicated by our volunteers!


Earth Day, April 22, 2017, was celebrated by a huge cleanup effort at Summit Lake, where 239 volunteers, using supplies on the KAB Litter & Illegal Dump Trailer, removed 5.5 tons of litter and 18 tires in 3 hours! Pictured left is some of trash being hauled from the Summit Lake Reach Opportunity Center site. Pictured below are a couple of our fantastic volunteers, removing a mangled bike and other debris directly from Summit Lake.

What does 5.5 tons of litter look like? Well, a bag of litter weighs typically around 20 lbs. A ton is equal to 2000 lbs. or 100 bags of litter. So, 5.5 tons is about 550 bags of litter weighing 11,000 pounds, which is nearly the weight of an elephant! The 18 tires are not included in the litter weight, but can be guessed at around 25 lb. a piece. Bikes, toys, signs, other debris removed are included in litter numbers.

It was the first year, we were able to offer waders (worn by the volunteer on the left in picture shown right) to cleanup groups who did cleanups like this near water, like Nesmith Lake and Summit Lake.


Click to see Facebook album of Summit Lake Cleanup


Click to see Facebook album of Nesmith Lake Cleanup


The Super Saturday picnic held on April 29 was a little rainy but the groups had a good time. Clean Up Akron Month volunteers came to the Akron Zoo for a free volunteer appreciation picnic and awards ceremony. Zippy from The University of Akron, the Metro Park Leaf, and Eco the Blue Heron took pictures and entertained the crowd, while Mayor Dan Horrigan, Keep Akron Beautiful Board Chair Captain Dan Zampelli and Keep Akron Beautiful Communications and Volunteer Project Manager Helen Dauka, offered warm words of encouragement and congratulations to the assembled volunteers. City of Akron Deputy Director, Chris Ludle; Council President, Marilyn Keith; and Keep Akron Beautiful Board members: Tom Clark, Kim Haws-Falasco and Aaron Stull, greeted to our amazing volunteer participants that day as well. A special thank you to our former interns, Shelby Baker and Willa Neale who were helping the KAB staff. Group pictures were taken courtesy of Shelby Baker. 

We are proud that we can express our gratitude and appreciation to our volunteers with a free picnic through the generosity of our local sponsors, including: Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, City of Akron, D-A Specialty Co. Inc., Eat’N Park, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., House of LaRose, Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors, Schwebel’s Bakery, Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The Volunteer Center of Summit County, Waste Management of Ohio, and the Ohio EPA.

However, none of this could have been possible if it were not for our national sponsors of the 2017 Great American Cleanup include: Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe's, Niagara Bottling and ReadyRefresh by Nestlé, as well as Dickinson's Skin Care Products, who so generously donated the supplies to make this litter cleanup month possible again this year! Clean Up Akron Month is Keep Akron Beautiful’s largest public awareness event; we look forward to this spring initiative every year as it fulfills our mission to “improve Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.




 Summit Lake Clean Up, Earth Day, April 22, 2017




About The Great American Clean Up:


Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 5 million volunteers to build vibrant communities.  Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.  In 2015, Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $175 million in measurable benefits across participating communities.