Keep Akron Beautiful recently partnered with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup to help clean up Akron’s neighborhoods. More than 3,000 volunteers helped clean up 112 public sites, collecting more than 13 tons of litter and more than 1,100 pounds of recyclables.
A diverse group of individuals and organizations dedicated over 15,430 hours to join the fight against litter and clean up Akron. During the recent Great American Cleanup, we visited the Summit Lake neighborhood to speak with a few residents about their efforts.
Community organizer Nolan James led the efforts at Summit Lake, which included 350 volunteers.
Keep Akron Beautiful conducts public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, graffiti eradication, waste management and beautification to encourage citizens to take pride in Akron by participating in these activities. The Board of Directors envisions a litter-free Akron, where all citizens and businesses take pride and responsibility for the cleanliness and beautification of their environment.
During Clean Up Akron Month, the group removed litter and debris from roadsides, highways, shorelines and waterways for safer, cleaner communities; planted trees, flowers and gardens to strengthen our community’s green infrastructure; cleaned and restored nature trails, recreation areas and playgrounds to encourage play and physical activity; and recycled cans, plastic bottles, electronics, paper products, tires and clothing to give garbage another life.
KAB’s mission is “Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management” – with the mission of a litter-free Akron.