Automated Recycling

Canton's RECYCLING QUALITY Improvement Program

Canton Recycling Quality Improvement (Video)

This spring, Canton will be conducting a Recycling Quality Improvement Program to help eliminate contamination in curbside carts.

Contamination occurs when non-recyclables are placed in carts and can include anything from food waste to plastic bags. Recycling loads with contamination are rejected from 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%.

Beginning April 19, crews will begin inspecting residential recycling carts placed at the curb. It will be a non-invasive search with crew members simply lifting the lid to glance inside. Crews will be specifically looking for the following contaminates:

  • Garbage or bagged recyclables (this includes shredded paper in plastic bags, neither item is accpeted).
  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap.
  • Tanglers: cords, hoses or chains.
  • Food or liquid. Please rinse off containers and cans before placing in the cart.
  • Hazardous waste.
  • Needles.
  • Pizza Boxes (these are no longer accepted, even if clean. Too many people were placing greasy pizza boxes in the cart so the recycling facility has banned all pizza boxes).

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. This is an eight-week program with each home in Canton being inspected four times.

Residents will receive two direct mail pieces before the program begins with detailed information. Additional information can also be found in Focus newsletters and on the website.

This program is being funded by a grant from EGLE and The Recycling Partnership. 

Canton's Curbside Automated Recycling Program

All recyclables must be placed inside the cart, anything left on the side of the cart will not be picked up. Please note, carts are for recyclables only, yard waste will not be accepted inside the cart. Please continue to put yard waste in 32-gallon containers or paper yard waste bags.

All recycling carts are owned by Canton however homeowners will be responsible for the care of the cart. All reports of damage must be immediately reported to Green for Life (GFL) services at 844/464-3587. If the damage was caused by the collection vehicle or the operator, then GFL will replace the cart at no charge. If damage or theft is from any other cause, the resident will be responsible for replacement.

OPT OUT WAIVER - If you wish to opt out of the service you can download the waiver (PDF). Once completed please mail it or drop it off at Canton Public Works located at 4847 Sheldon Road, just south of Michigan Avenue. Once the waiver is completed, please allow two-weeks for collection of the cart. Since the carts are owned by the township, Canton will store the cart until the property changes ownership or the service is desired. Please note, waiving this service WILL NOT reduce the annual fee. Residents who do opt out are welcome to bring recyclables (during Canton Clean-up) to the GFL facility on Van Born Road.

  1. Acceptable Items
  2. Unacceptable Items

Please make sure all items are empty and rinsed of any food residue before placing in the cart.

  • Household Plastics #1 through #7 (empty containers only)
  • Newspaper, Magazines and Catalogs (remove bags, strings and rubber bands)
  • Paper Milk or Juice Cartons (empty cartons only)
  • Junk Mail and Office Paper
  • Cardboard and Paper Bags (flatten cardboard and cut into pieces. All cardboard must be placed in the cart.  Anything outside of the cart will not be accepted.  No wax coated paperboard)
  • Non-wax Coated Paperboard (if you're not sure if the paperboard is wax coated, run your finger nail down the side of the box. If wax comes off it can NOT go inside the cart)
  • Phone Books
  • Aluminum, Steel and Tin Cans (empty cans only)
  • Clear and Colored Glass (empty containers only)