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Recycling gets a boost at school

By John Published: May 5, 2010

Bob Downing
Beacon Journal staff writer

An effort is under way in Akron to boost paper recycling during May and again in the fall.

Newspaper, cardboard, office paper, magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs and junk mail are being accepted at green-and-yellow bins outside 19 Akron schools.

The goal is to collect 2.5 tons of paper in each bin during the month from inside the school and from neighbors and local businesses.

Spearheading the recycling push are Akron Public Schools and the district's 6-month-old Green Council, Keep Akron Beautiful and the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority.

The effort will help assure that the 19 schools can keep their recycling bins and will boost development of recycling programs within Akron schools, said Paula Davis of Keep Akron Beautiful.

Paper is the largest waste product in the schools and can be easily recycled, she said.

The bins are provided and managed by Abitibi Paper or the River Valley Paper Co.

Proceeds from the recycled paper are used by individual schools for clubs, recycling programs and team uniforms.

The schools with bins include: Ellet, Firestone, Kenmore, North and Garfield high schools; Litchfield and Roswell Kent middle schools; Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts; and Firestone Park and Harris elementary schools.

They are also at Leggett, Forest Hill, Judith Resnik, Jennings, Helen Arnold, Betty Jane, David Hill and Voris community learning centers and the NIHF Stem School at 400 W. Market St.

Akron's other 38 schools do not have paper recycling bins.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or



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