Akron goes to weekly recycling Monday, April
4, 2005. Until now, Akrons recycling curbside collection has been done every other
week. Due to continual requests from citizens, the City has made the change to a weekly
Public Works Manager Paul Barnett said that the hope is this will increase
participation. "Currently, about 26 percent of our citizens recycle. We would like to
see the numbers go up," said Barnett, "and feel that by simplifying the
collection process, this will happen."
Paula Davis, executive direction for Keep Akron Beautiful said, "If we are
successful, this will help protect our environment, conserve energy, conserve landfill
space, and reduce solid waste."
In this decade alone, it is projected that Americans will throw away more than one
million tons of aluminum cans and foil, more than one and a half million tons of office
paper, and nearly 10 million tons of newspaper. Almost all of this material could be
recycled. Currently, Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild
the entire US commercial air fleet.
One of the problems the City has experienced is with recyclable materials being mixed
with other forms of refuse. The operators picking up those materials are instructed to put
in the trash anything whose ability to be recycled is questionable. To assure that this
material is recycled, the City asks citizens to be careful to separate the recyclable
materials and the trash by at least 10 feet on the curb.
It is a good practice is to put recyclables on one side of the driveway and the trash
on the other side of the driveway. It is also helpful if citizens use blue bags to
identify the recyclables. When recycling, please note that Styrofoam is not recyclable,
but the following items are:
- All metal food and beverage cans.
- Glass bottles and jars of any color.
- Empty aerosol cans.
- Aluminum trays and aluminum foil.
- Rigid plastic bottles #1 and #2.
For further information, please feel free to contact us at our new 3-1-1 number. If
calling from a cell phone or outside of the City of Akron, dial 330-375-2311.