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**  Recycling Inspections Begin April 19th  **
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Canton's
Recycling
Improvement
Program

What is the Purpose of the Recycling Improvement Program?

The objective of  Canton's Recycling Improvement Program  is to reduce contamination in Canton's recycling stream.  Contamination occurs when non-recyclables are placed in carts and can include anything from food waste to plastic bags.

Recycling loads with high contamination rates are rejected by the recycling facility and sent to the landfill.  By recycling correctly, residents can help extend the life of the landfill.  Once the landfill fills up, Canton will have to haul waste to a further facility which will dramatically increase collection costs to residents.  Similar inspection programs around the country have reduced the amount of contamination by an average of 35%.

When Will Inspections Begin and How Long Will the Program Last?

Canton MSD will begin the Recycling Quality Improvement Program  April 19, 2021.  Residents will receive the post card shown below before the program begins.   This eightweek program is funded by a grant from EGLE and The Recycling Partnership. 

Recycling Inspections

How Will Inspections Be Performed and What Will They Be Looking  For?

Crews will inspect residential recycling carts placed at the curb.  It will be a noninvasive search with crew members simply lifting the lid to glance inside.  Each home in Canton will be inspected four times.

As illustrated in the post card above, the program will concentrate on six specific contaminants. 

1.  Garbage or bagged recyclables.

2.  Plastic bags or plastic wrap.

3.  Tanglers: cords, hoses or chains.

4.  Food or liquid (this includes greasy pizza boxes).  Please rinse off containers and cans before placing in the cart.

5.  Hazardous waste.

6.  Needles.

What Happens If Contaminates Are Found?

If any of these contaminates are in your cart, you will receive a warning tag listing the specific contaminate found.  If they are still in your cart during the next inspection, your cart will be rejected and left at the curb.  Collection can resume the following week, as long as all contaminates are removed from the cart. 

Where Can I Learn More About Canton's Automated Recycling?

Visit our webpage or the Canton Township website for more information.

 


 

 

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