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 Oprah.com.

Image courtesy of watcharakun / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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 http://mybeautifulhomeshow.com/ 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!

Mixed Paper Drive Taking Place October 15 Through November 9 In Akron

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

americarecyclesday.orgJust like in past years, Keep Akron Beautiful, in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company, is hosting the 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition to help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2012. This year, 24 Akron Public Schools and 9 private schools in the Akron area are involved. During this monthlong competition from October 15 – November 9, 2012, community residents and local businesses can help make one of these schools a local and national winner by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a recycle bin.

River Valley Paper Co recyle bin

Click on picture for more information about River Valley Paper Co.

Currently, bins (which look like the picture to the left) are located at the following Akron Public School locations: 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, and Buchtel High School. New to the roster for 2012 are the following private school locations: 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.

To increase participation, the top elementary, middle and high school to recycle the most paper per pound, per student will win a prize. The winning elementary school will win a school-wide pizza party and a $250 cash prize, while the winning middle and high schools will each win a $500 cash prize and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty. In addition, all participating schools are also competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. Due to the success of Keep Akron Beautiful’s mixed recycle paper drive two years ago, Keep America Beautiful used KAB’s program as the template for their national competition. Along with the prizes listed above, all 33 schools have the chance to win an additional $1,000, $750 or $500 through the national Recycle Bowl Competition. 

 This paper drive was designed to prove that Akron’s school staff and students, parents, community members and local businesses can help save trees, which help purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases, by giving their trash a second life. The receptacles are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Filling up the collection bins will not only help the school win the paper drive, but it also raises money for the school to use for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.

The students at all of the participating schools will be working very hard to win this competition! Please assist them by bringing your recyclables to a school near you!