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Akron Calls Out for Quality Recycling


City of Akron Press Release
Published: 10-25-2013

Akron residents may be surprised to learn how much is actually recyclable in the blue carts within their city-run curbside program.  In 2010 curbside collection went to single stream recycling. Single stream recycling means you can mix all recyclables together in a clear plastic bag. Recyclables are the leftover packaging from food and beverage products purchased as the grocery store.

What is recyclable? All types of paper (junk mail, magazines, and newspaper), broken down cardboard, metal cans, glass jars and bottles, rigid plastics ( excluding plastic bags, lids to bottles, and Styrofoam), and cartons can be mixed together and placed in the blue carts on recycling day.

Akron residents are strongly urged to avoid placing the wrong items in the recycling bin. “It is very important in a single stream recycling program for safety of the workers at the materials recovery facility (MRF) and for the marketability of the recyclables to recycle right” states Yolanda Walker, Executive Director for ReWorks.  ReWorks has partnered with the city to look for ways to reduce contamination starting with assessing recycling carts at the curb. “If Akron residents are placing incorrect items in their recycling carts they will be notified,” states Paul Barnet, Akron Public Works Manager. 

Items that DO NOT go in the recycling cart:

  • Electronics
  • Auto parts
  • Plastic bags
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Garden hoses
  • Hangers
  • Syringes
  • Light bulbs
  • Chains
  • Yard Waste
  • Food
  • Styrofoam
  • Oil containers
  • Mirrors

Cartons have been added to the program’s material list this year. Milk cartons, juice boxes and soup cartons are packaged in a paper board material that is easy to recycle and is in high demand. Once cartons are placed at the curb along with the other recyclables they are taken to the Waste Management’s GreenStar MRF in Akron, where they are bailed and shipped to paper mills to be made into new products such as tissue or recycled paper.

For additional information regarding Akron curbside program call 311. To learn more about ReWorks visit

For further information, contact:
Shelly Kadilak
Education/Promotion Specialist

Phone: 330.374.0383

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