Clean Up Akron Month
REGISTRATION COMING IN FEBRUARY 2017
Join Keep Akron Beautiful this April & Register to cleanup your city.
When making New Year's Resolutions, don't forget to include a Clean Up Akron Month project on your list!
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 that takes place on April 29. Volunteers will receive a free lunch, awards ceremony, mascot and a local high school marching band performance.
Clean Up Akron Month 2016 RESULTS!
Thanks to the 3,433 volunteers who registered to clean up 124 public sites including 31 city parks, 5 community centers and 26 school campuses, we were able to collect more litter than ever!
33.821.04 or 16.71 tons, of litter was collected, along with 570 lbs. of recyclables, 148 tires, 4 propane tanks, 2 couches and 1 truck cab.
A diverse group of individuals and organizations dedicated over 27,464 hours to join the fight against litter and Clean Up Akron! Groups were cleaning along the Towpath, waterways, in City of Akron parks, and their own neighborhoods. Community groups, like City Hope, took on beautification projects along with litter cleanups to not only clean the city, but beautify it. Businesses like Bemis North America performed cleanups in the area of their business while volunteers from businesses like Baird and US Bank helped cleanup several of our city parks. Students, like those from the Akron Early College Student Council who cleaned up the Edgewood Park area, came out in huge numbers this year. During a large-scale cleanup that took place on April 23, 2016, over 166 volunteers came to Summit Lake to help collect over 5 tons of litter and 14 tires in just 4 hours!
The Super Saturday picnic held on April 30 was a hit! 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, Conrad Conservation from the Akron Zoo, the Metro Park Leaf, Eco the Blue Heron and Lucky Ladybug--Ohio's First Lady of Litter entertained the crowd, while Deputy Service Director, Chris Ludle and Keep Akron Beautiful CEO, Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti offered warm words of encouragement and congratulations to the assembled volunteers. 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, Junior League of Akron, Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors, Sandra Smith, Schwebel’s Bakery, Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition, First Watch, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, 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 who so generously donated the supplies to make this litter cleanup week 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 April 23, 2016
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.