Removing Akron’s Litter/Clean Up Akron Month – In March of 2022, we put a spotlight on just how bad Akron’s litter really was and garnered the support needed to clean it up. After nine months, we have made considerable progress in the reduction of Akron’s litter. Thanks to 1,663 volunteers, who assisted in litter cleanups all over the city, and large cleanups throughout Clean Up Akron Month, we have made significant changes. During our community clean ups and Clean Up Akron Month combined, 3,125 volunteers removed almost 43.03 tons of trash and 595 tires from 44 sites, including 7 schools!
In September of 2022, we completed our annual Community Appearance Index survey. This tool designed by Keep America Beautiful visually assesses the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, and graffiti. A team of community, business, and government representatives conducted the visual analysis using a scoring system with choices ranging from 1-4, with “1” being minimal or no litter to “4” being extremely littered. The 2022 Litter Index for the City of Akron is rated 1.8. The Temporary Illegal Signage Index rated a 1.4, reflecting an average of fewer than 5 signs illegally placed on public land in any one ward and the Graffiti Index rated a 1.1. A 2 graffiti rating would mean 1-2 small tags per ward, no larger than 6 feet by 6 feet and could be cleaned up by 1-2 people. All ten wards scored extremely well, with the highest score being only 1.2.