Where Can I Recycle My Hazardous Household Waste?

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

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When it comes to recycling, it is important to know what items are considered hazardous household waste (HHW). The fact of the matter is, we are using a lot of items in our household that fall into that category and we might not even know it! Thankfully, Summit ReWorks has all the information you need and we want to share it with you!

Not recycling HHW can be harmful to the environment and anyone who comes into contact with it. “Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets, and present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.” When you recycle HHW, it also conserves resources and energy that would be spent producing more products.

For Summit County residents only, Summit ReWorks provides a safe and convenient option for recycling any hazardous waste. The HHW Recycling Center (HHWRC) will be open from 2 PM – 8 PM during the months of June – September, so gather up any HHW you may have around the house and be prepared to drop them off!

Accepted HHW materials fall into these categories:

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Automotive Fluids
Paint & Related
Household Cleaners
Lawn & Garden
Garage & Workshops
Batteries
Scrap Tires
Home
Beauty Products
For detailed items under these categories, make sure you visit the Summit ReWorks’ HHW page.

Products such as nail polish remover, window cleaners, bug spray and glue are all common household items that are used in our everyday lives. Can you believe that these products are considered HHW? Proper disposal of HHW can really make a difference in your community and in your home, so do your part and recycle your HHW!

Apartment Recycling Made Easy

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

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Living in an apartment can be both beneficial and challenging all together. A smaller space means less energy usage, like gas and electricity, which is great for the environment.  However, having your own space or just enough space for yourself could also prove to be a bit of a hassle once it comes to recycling. Curbside recycling has become the norm, but there are still some apartment complexes that don’t offer recycling pick up at all. It is often up to the landlord to make the decision for your rental.

If you live in one of these apartment complexes, you might understand the struggle.  Not only do you have to find space for your recyclables in your apartment, you also have to figure out how and where to get them recycled. A friend of mine collected tons of things to recycle, but never got to dropping them off and ended up just throwing all of it away. What a waste, literally.

Don’t end up this way! Apartment recycling is possible and can be made easy by utilizing some of these helpful tips on organization and finding recycling centers near you.

  1. Because space is so limited in an apartment, using stackable bins to separate
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    your recyclables will take up less space than putting them side-by-side. You can label each bin to its appropriate material and fill them up until recycling day.

  2. Do you have friends or family members with curbside recycling? Ask them if they’ll allow you to add your items to their bins. It’s important to be courteous and respectful with your recyclables if they will allow you to do so. Make sure to rinse out all recyclables and keep your items as neat as possible, so it’ll be less work for them.
  3. Do some research and find a recycling center in your area. If you cannot find one that is near you, try looking for centers that are closer to places you commute to often i.e. work, school, friends & family’s homes, your favorite store. If you’re not sure how to get started, Earth 911 is a great place to start!
    • Here are some places in the Akron area that can help you out with your recyclables:
      • Neoshred – Paper recycling
      • Pinnacle Recycling – Paper & plastic recycling
      • Victim Assistance Program – Used cell phone (in any condition) recycling. This program accepts used cell phones & smart phones as part of their individual safety plans, as phones without an active service provider can still be used to dial 911. Damaged phones or phones that no longer work will still be accepted and are shipped to a recycling company, in which the company will send a check to support the program.
      • Waste Management Recycling Drop-Off Site – For Akron residents only. Accepts most recyclables.
      • City of Cuyahoga Falls Recycling Drop-Off – For Cuyahoga Falls residents only. Accepts most recyclables.
  4. Start a recycling drop-off rotation with your neighbors. It could become a bit of a hassle having to go to the center multiple times. Even if going door-to-door to ask for participants isn’t your thing, you could always leave a note in a place where all residents can see, like the mailboxes. Leave any contact information that you are comfortable sharing with details about starting a recycling drop-off rotation and wait for replies. From there, you can come up with a schedule that best suits everyone involved.

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Even though it may be obvious to research nearby recycling centers, you never know if your neighbors are thinking the same thing. So, why not work together and make recycling easier for everyone?

Are you currently living in an apartment complex that doesn’t offer recycling? Have some more tips to add to these? Let us know! We’d love to hear more!

5th Annual Mixed Paper Drive in Akron Public/Private Schools Was A Huge Success!

By Jacqui Ricchiuti, Program Manager

 During the 5th annual mixed paper drive competition, Akron Public Schools (APS) and selected private schools in the Akron area proved that recycling does pay off!  St. Vincent Elementary, St. Mary School and Our Lady of the Elms were declared the winners of the month-long competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student. St. Vincent Elementary recycled 21.34 pounds per student or 2.45 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company. St. Mary School came out strong, in the middle school division, and recycled 20.29 pounds per student which is equal to 2.09 tons total. Our Lady of the Elms recycled 16.38 pounds per student or 1.27 tons total to each win a $500 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty. For the second year since the birth of the paper drive, two new categories were added. With the most pounds of paper recycled overall, Kenmore High School was our Overall winner, with 2.57 tons of paper. Leggett Elementary School was the winner in our Most Improved Category, recycling 790 pounds more in 2014 than in 2013! Overall, we are proud to announce that 27.405 tons or 54,810 pounds of paper was recycled citywide, 1.785 tons more than in 2013!

To help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2014, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company hosted the 5th annual mixed paper drive competition in 22 Akron public schools and 11 private schools in the Akron area. From October 20 to November 17, community residents and local businesses helped participating Akron schools attempt to win this competition by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a school parking lot bin. Currently, bins are located at the following Akron Public School Locations: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel High School, Case Elementary School, Crouse CLC, David Hill CLC, East CLC 7-8, East High School, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Hatton Elementary School, Helen Arnold CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Judith A. Resnik CLC, Kenmore High School, Leggett CLC, Litchfield Middle School, McEbright CLC, Miller South Elementary School, North High School, Pfeiffer Elementary School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, and Voris CLC.   The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Middlebury Academy, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School, St. Vincent Elementary School, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and The Next Frontier Academy.

For the third year, Keep Akron Beautiful and River Valley Paper Company sponsored a poster contest. Over 70 students submitted art for the poster contest. The winner was Shayla Elzholz, a student from Ms. Lisa Heinl’s class at Hyre CLC. Shayla received an American Express gift card, and Ms. Heinl received an American Express gift card as well. Shayla will be the featured artist for our 2015 America Recycles Day campaign.

Shayla Elzholz’s winning artwork.

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 purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases just by giving our trash a second life. The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms. For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron school locations, contact Jacqui Ricchiuti at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116.

Successful Recycling Day at the 2014 Akron Marathon

By Jacqui Ricchiuti, Program Manager

On Saturday September 27, as 15,000 runners were running through the streets of Akron- and even more spectators were lining the streets watching, Keep Akron Beautiful was assisting the Akron Marathon with their recycling efforts! Early in the morning, a crew of 15 made sure that the trash cans only had trash in them, and that the recycling bins were highly utilized. This group was sorting everything that people were throwing in the trash, pulling out water bottles, cans, and making sure the clothing was donated, not thrown away! Only ten bags of trash were collected at the start line, and 2 large blue recycling toters were FULL of recyclables.

On the concourse and at the finish line of the race, our Green Team was collecting heat sheets and grocery bags, chip bags to be recycled, powerbar wrappers to be recycled, bottles and cans and banana peels to be composted.

The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and ReWorks rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the festivities.

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the second year we were able to utilize the 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race. These bins were placed on the concourse of Canal Park on Saturday, September 27.

A special thanks goes out to the “Green Team,” who worked together to make sure the recyclables and trash were in their proper places. From the start line to the finish line and everywhere in between, the volunteers did an amazing job! Congratulations Akron (AND ALL RUNNERS!) on another successful Akron Marathon!