Pens Made from Recycled Water Bottles

by Cindy Pantea

Know that you are doing something good when you recycle!

Many companies are finding ways to recycle, reuse and repurpose. Those are the three Rs that we love to hear, say and read about. And, they are coming out with environmentally friendly or green product lines for consumers.

Keep Akron Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep American Beautiful, Inc.One green product that Keep Akron Beautiful discovered is a line of ink pens from Pilot, and yes, if you look closely on the scan below, you will see a logo you recognize. It was in a 2008 press release, Pilot BeGreen announced they were an official sponsor of Keep America Beautiful, our affiliate.

Having tried this green product (thanks for sharing with us, Jacqui), we thought we would share with you what we like about them — we like that they:

  1. Are made from recycled plastic bottles.
  2. Are refillable.
  3. Cost the same as Pilot’s non-recycled pens.
  4. Write fabulously with gel ink.
  5. Fit nicely in your hand as you use them.
  6. Are cute…they look like plastic bottles!

Kudos, Pilot BeGreen.

And, of course, thank YOU for recycling your plastic bottles!

Need to borrow a plastic water bottle receptable for an event? Contact Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.

Recycled from plastic bottles, these pens are also refillable.

Akron-Summit County Waste and Recycling Programs

by Cindy Pantea

This post has been updated with current links and info as of 4/15/2015.

Keep Akron Beautiful works in conjunction with the City of Akron on litter cleanup and illegal dumping, and we also promote recycling programs for the city.

As residents, our options are only good for us if we are: (a) aware of what programs exists, and (b) use the programs in the most efficient way. So, here is some useful and interesting information…

Akron Curbservice Program

Unlike many other cities, we get recycling with our city trash collection service as well as special pickup and bulk pickup — all curbside. To get the most of this waste and recycling service, follow the guidelines for what can be recycled, how to prepare your recycling, how many special pickups are offered and how to schedule one, and how to prepare bulk items for pickup. Click on the following updated link for 2014-2015 guidelines (last updated 2014): 2014_trash_service_brochure. Know that you can always find the most updated curbservice brochure at the City of Akron website here.

One common question about the Akron Curbservice Program is: Can you dispose of sharps (needles, syringes or lancets) in your garbage? The answer is yes. However, you must do it properly. That goes for other home health care waste, too, like soiled bandages, gauze, disposable sheets, tubings and used medical gloves. For safe disposal of your home health care waste in your homestead trash, click on the following link: Safe Disposal Tips for Home Health Care Waste.

Note: You should be aware that even if you dispose of your sharps as suggested on the Safe Disposal Tips, it does not mean that sharps do not end up in landfills nor does it ensure that someone won’t get poked by the contents. This is why Summit County has a…

Sharps Disposal Program

Summit County offers this program to ensure the safe collection and disposal of used sharps. Through this program, sharps containers are properly cleaned and the contents are incinerated. Only the ashes end up in the landfills.

For dropoffs, residents can go to the Summit County Public Health Department at the Stow (Graham Road) or Barberton location. Cost is $5 to receive a 5-qt sharps container and $5 for disposal. To learn more about this program, follow this link:

Summit County has a Disposal of Unused Medications Properly Program - D.U.M.P.Dispose of Unused Medications Properly (D.U.M.P.) Program

Don’t trash or flush medications! Summit County provides a free, safe and easy option for disposal. This includes liquids, pills and capsules. It is a great program that helps keep the environment and neighborhoods safe. Fourteen D.U.M.P. locations exist. Get info and find a location nearest you by following this link:

We hope this post helps spread the word about your waste and recycling options. For more about Akron’s Curbservice Program, visit here. For additional recycling information visit the Recycling Division here.

Litter, Dumping and Keep Akron Beautiful

Remember, our litter crews continue to help keep Akron beautiful. For assistance on:

  • A NEIGHBORHOOD LITTER SWEEP: Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.   
  • A DUMPING IN PROGRESS: Call Akron Police at 330-375-2181.
  • DUMPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: Call 3-1-1 from a city landline phone, which is 330-375-2311 from any phone.
  • REPORTING A DUMPSITE: Call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116 OR 3-1-1 (330-375-2311).

Thank you for helping to keep Akron beautiful.






Resolve to do good–Volunteer with Keep Akron Beautiful

By Jacqui Flaherty

It’s that time of year! People have made (or are still making) their New Years resolutions and are probably already struggling to keep them! When people make a New Years resolution, they usually tend to cut back on things that are negative, such as fast food!

However, this year, I have a different idea for you! I am suggesting that you RESOLVE TO DO GOOD and volunteer for your community with Keep Akron Beautiful in Akron, OH. Last week, I sent out an email blast and updated our website with an entire list of volunteer opportunities that we have available in 2013. Our list of opportunities has something that will peak everyone’s interest. When choosing an opportunity, pick something based on your interests or your passions so that you will enjoy it!

If you resolve to do good (and volunteer) in 2013, you will have the opportunity to improve yourself AND your community, while having a large impact on Keep Akron Beautiful! The sense of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment that you will feel when you are finished will make you want to come back time and time again.

We want to take this opportunity to THANK our current volunteers and to WELCOME potential volunteers this year. We cannot wait to meet you! Please check out our volunteer opportunities and feel free to contact me at the KAB office if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you this year!

clean up akron week 2012

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company volunteers pick up litter during Clean Up Akron Week 2012.


Paper Recycling at Participating Schools Til End of School Year

by Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful-America Recycles Day Mixed Paper Recycling Contest

Keep Akron Beautiful photo from America Recycles Day/Mixed Paper Recycling Contest.

For those who may not be aware, River Valley Paper Company is keeping paper recycling bins at the schools that participated in Keep Akron Beautiful’s 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition celebrating 2012’s America Recycles Day.

So if you plan to do a 2013 cleanout of magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper or cardboard and need a place to recycle it, in order to keep up with your green New Year’s resolution ;-), go to a school near you: Helen Arnold CLC, Betty Jane CLC, Case Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, Pfeiffer Elementary School, David Hill CLC, Leggett CLC, Judith Resnick CLC, McEbright CLC, Voris CLC, Findley CLC, Crouse CLC, East CLC, Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Jennings CLC , Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Mason CLC, Litchfield Middle School, Kenmore High School, North High School, Buchtel High School, Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Bernard- Saint Mary School, Towpath Trail School, Akros Middle School, and The Edge Academy.

Thank you for visiting our blog today and don’t forget to sign up at the left of our homepage for KAB’s free e-newsletter filled with flowerscape and recycling tips and other news that goes with our mission: Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.