Keep Akron (Ohio) Beautiful Recycles at the Akron Marathon

Keep Akron Beautiful was proud to be involved in the 11th running of the Akron Marathon this past weekend, in Akron, Ohio. The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and Re-Works rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the weekend’s festivities. After being given a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race were utilized on Saturday, Sept. 28, when 15,000 runners ran through the streets of Akron. Keep Akron Beautiful set out to help the marathon with its recycling (bottles and cans) through the grant, but also assisted in the entire “recycling experience” throughout race day.

Keep Akron Beautiful President and CEO Paula Davis and Jacqui Flaherty, Keep Akron Beautiful program manager, served as Volunteer Captains on race day, making sure that the mess created by 15,000 runners and over 20,000 spectators was cleaned up (and that anything and everything that could be recycled was, indeed, recycled).

“The Akron Marathon is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Anne Bitong, executive director. “We have put a lot of effort into providing a community event that is socially and environmentally responsible. Thanks to our partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, we will be able to continually improve our recycling efforts at the finish line.”

Davis added, “This is a fine example of how our agency can promote recycling on-the-go in our community to reinforce personal recycling behavior outside of our homes, schools and places of work. Thank you to our national organization, Keep America Beautiful, for providing these funding opportunities to address our local sustainability goals.”

Keep Akron Beautiful is very proud of all the recyclables that were diverted from the trash and it is excited to recycle more and more each year!

Keep Akron Beautiful — Akron, OH

Keep Akron Beautiful in partnership with the Akron Marathon received 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the finish line of the Akron Marathon. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation. In 2012, The Akron Marathon earned certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for efforts to reduce the event’s environmental footprint and increase its social impact. The Akron Marathon’s sustainability program is titled Environmental Endurance.

At the 2012 race, 77.7 percent of all waste was diverted from the landfill; of the 7.25 tons of waste, 0.17 ton was composted and 5.46 tons were recycled. The grant that The Akron Marathon and Keep Akron Beautiful has received will assist recycling at the event, in which over 15,000 runners participate. Recycling is a key component in the Akron Marathon and we are so excited to have been able to assist them in their recycling efforts.

“The Akron Marathon is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Anne Bitong, executive director. “We have put a lot of effort into providing a community event that is socially and environmentally responsible, and thanks to our partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, we will be able to continually improve our recycling efforts at the finish line this year.

President & CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, Paula Davis added, “This is a fine example of how our agency can promote recycling-on-the-go in our community to reinforce personal recycling behavior outside of our homes, schools and places of work. Thank you to our national organization, Keep America Beautiful, for providing these funding opportunities to address our local sustainability goals.”

Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be partnered with the Akron Marathon, and we cannot wait to show how these bins will improve our recycling effort in 2013.