Frequently Asked Questions

Does Keep Akron Beautiful accept recycling?

Keep Akron Beautiful does not accept recycling. If your Akron residence does not have curbside recycling, such as in the case of an apartment building, you can take recycling to any Akron Fire Department and place in their City of Akron toter. Note: Akron Fire Departments appreciate metal cans that benefit Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (The Children’s Hospital of Akron).

Do I have to wait for Clean Up Akron Month to perform a litter clean up with my group?

Any time you want to perform a cleanup in a park or other public area, we can give you supplies. All you have to do is let us know how many bags of trash you picked up.

How can I help curb littering on my business property?

Litter attracts more litter, so: (1) Provide sufficient trash, ash and recycling receptacles both inside and outside your establishment; (2) Ensure consistent and ongoing cleanup efforts;       (3) Use landscaping maintenance to beautify your establishment and signage to promote a sense of personal responsibility; (4) Incorporate litter prevention into employee tasks and maintenance schedule; and (5) Encourage employees to volunteer for an organized cleanup.

How can I become an Adopt-A-Site volunteer?

You must first choose a public space for planting. This area must be in convenient and close proximity to a hydrant (without having to use a hose across a roadway). The site must be in a safe area, for those doing the gardening, in a place that is visible to the public, and with topography suitable for planting. You will need to have the commitment of several volunteers who are willing to maintain the garden throughout the summer and during more than one planting season, with one person agreeing to be the contact. When these things are decided, you may call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116, in the fall before the following year, so that the Flowerscape Director can view the site and check the topography. Volunteers are then invited and must attend the Adopt-A-Site clinic on a date the following April. Assistance is given the first year for landscape plan, materials and site prep. See more information at [add web page address].

How can I help in the effort to end littering?

If everyone in Akron picked up one piece of litter in a day, we will have removed 199,210 pieces of litter in that day!

The best way to discourage people from littering is by setting a good example: (1) Don’t throw your litter on the ground; (2) Pick up litter you see and dispose of it properly; (3) Don’t throw any litter (including cigarette butts) out of your car; (4) Check to make sure that any trash cans you own have a tight fitting lid; and (5) Encourage your friends and neighbors to perform cleanups, even if it is just a once- or twice-a-month walk through your neighborhood. Calling all joggers and walkers: Take a bag on your jog or walk and pick up litter on your favorite path or route to add to your exercise/weight loss routine.

How can I borrow Keep Akron Beautiful special event trash containers?

Call 330-375-2116 or email [email protected] with the date of event and the number of litter and/or recycling bins you would like to get.  Also, let us know when you will be available to pick them up Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm. Note: You must load your own vehicle and you must return the boxes 2 business days after your event. Feel free to drop them off in the lobby and call or email us to let us know you returned.

How do I dispose of leftover paint?

Our partners at Summit ReWorks say that latex paint, made mostly of water, can be dried out, using newspapers, kitty litter or sawdust, and placed in your curbside trash. For other types of paint or additional information, call 330.375-0383 or visit www.summitreworks.com.

How do I dispose of unused medications?

Do not flush or throw away unused prescription medications. Visit https://www.scph.org/medication-disposal/dump-box-locations, a service of the Summit County Public Health department, to find D.U.M.P. (Dispose Unused Medications Properly) locations near you.

Why can’t Keep Akron Beautiful do anything about panhandler trash?

A person cannot be fined for littering unless caught in the act by law enforcement. Keep Akron Beautiful performs litter sweeps of on and off ramps on a loop throughout the year. Please help by donating to homeless shelters so that these folks are more likely to seek out the services they need.

How do I donate to Keep Akron Beautiful?

If you would like to donate to Keep Akron Beautiful programming, you may donate online [website address] or send donations to Keep Akron Beautiful at 850 E. Market St., Akron OH 44305-2424. You can also simply call us to get on our fundraiser database to receive mailings on event fundraisers or our December mailing fundraiser. Or, you can donate to the Keep Akron Beautiful endowment fund of Akron Community Foundation at https://www.akroncf.org/GivingYourWay/GiveNow.aspx?fn=Keep+Akron+Beautiful+Endowment+Fund or by calling 330-376-8522.

How do I get a Keep Akron Beautiful “You Litter, We Fine” sign?

“You Litter, We Fine” signs can be requested by calling Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116. These signs are placed once a year by us upon approval by the city. Keep in mind that a person cannot be fined for littering unless caught in the act by law enforcement and simply posting anti-littering signs in already-littered areas can actually work to exacerbate the problem rather than fix it.

How do I reserve the trailers?

Trailer rental applications are taken April to November (weather permitting). Criteria apply. Visit page for more details [website address].

How do I sign up for Clean Up Akron Month and the Earth Day Cleanup at Summit Lake?

Register for both volunteer efforts by filling out the Clean Up Akron Month registration form located on our website at [website address]. You can also stop by our office at 850 E. Market Street to pick up registration materials or call us at 330-375-2116 to request a hard copy application by mail. For Clean Up Akron Month, you choose the public space cleanup site and the date of your cleanup event. If you are joining the organized Summit Lake cleanup, simply put Summit Lake as the cleanup area on your form with the date of the current year’s event. Formal sign-in registration for the Earth Day Summit Lake event is held at the Summit Lake Community Center.

How do I volunteer with Keep Akron Beautiful?

Visit our volunteer Done-In-A-Day opportunities at [website address], fill out and mail in the volunteer Done-In-A-Day form. Register for our newsletter to learn about volunteer opportunities or follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

How should I report a dumping in progress?

Call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552 or 330-375-2181.

How should I report an illegal dumping on PRIVATE property?

Call City of Akron Customer Service at 330-375-2311.

How should I report an illegal dumping on PUBLIC property?

Call Keep Akron Beautiful 330-375-2116 or the City of Akron Customer Service at 330-375-2311.

What is recyclable at curbside?

Visit the City of Akron Recycling Collection Division website page at https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/public_works/recycling/index.html or call Customer Service at 330-375-2311.

What are other options for recycling?

Visit our partners at Summit ReWorks at http://www.summitreworks.com/recycling/ or call them at 330.375-0383.

Where can I take my hazardous waste?

If you are a Summit County resident, you can take your hazardous materials to the HHW Recycling Center (run by Summit ReWorks) at 1201 Graham Rd, Stow, OH 44224, located at the Rt. 8 overpass. Note: Open seasonally. Call 330.375-0383 for more information or visit www.summitreworks.com.

Where can I take paper for shredding?

Contact our partners at River Valley Paper Company for their services by calling 330-535-1001 or visiting their website http://www.rivervalleypaper.com. Consider dropping off your non-confidential papers in River Valley paper bins located at many participating Akron public or private schools. Don’t forget Recycle-Bowl in October and November [link to Recycle-Bowl]

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