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Canton Admin. Building
1150 Canton Center Rd. S
Canton, MI 48188
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Public Works Manager

Bob Belair
1150 Canton Center S.
Phone: 734/397-1011

Single Stream Recycling Canton's Curbside Recycling Program

In an effort to increase participation and Canton's Curbside Recycling Program, Canton Waste Recycling is now offering Single Stream Recycling (SSR) to all residents.

What is Single Stream Curbside Recycling?

A collection process that uses advanced sorting technology which allows all recyclables to be collected in one truck and sorted at an automated plant instead of at the curbside.

Why use Single Stream Curbside Recycling?

This process has proven to be a more efficient way of recycling and has dramatically increased recycling participation worldwide. SSR is not only more efficient, it also allows residents to recycle more products with less effort.


Please call Canton Public
Works at 734/394-5150.

Although Canton's SSR program won't begin until April 2009, CWR is currently experimenting with new equipment needed to handle the program.

Click here to download a complete list of what is and is not be accepted under the new SSR program

Who do I call if my house gets missed?

You should call Canton Waste Recycling at 734/397-5801 with questions regarding your service.

Please Note:  If there are any unacceptable items in your recycling bin CWR will not pick it up.  In addition, any recyclable material that is not in the bin or in a clear plastic bag will not be picked up.

Can I get additional recycling bins?

Yes you can!

Additional recycling bins are available in the Canton Treasurer's Office, located on the first floor of Canton's Administration Building.

The cost for an additional bin is $10.
IMPORTANT: If your house gets missed you must report it to CWR that day, otherwise CWR will not be able to pick up your recyclables until your next regular collection day.

Why Recycle?

For every one million sheets of paper not printed, 85 pulp trees are saved.

If all morning newspapers read in the United States were recycled, 41,000 trees would be saved daily and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills.

Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours.

Each year, steel recycling saves the energy equivalent to electrically power about one-fifth of U.S. households for one year.

Saves valuable landfill space at Sauk Trail Hills in Canton.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact if I have more questions about Single Stream Recycling?

If you did not find an answer to your question here, please call Canton Public Works at 734/394-5150.

Who do I call if my house gets missed?

You should call Canton Waste Recycling at 734/397-5801 with questions regarding your service.

What is single stream recycling?

Single Stream Recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers and containers are mixed together in a collection truck, instead of being sorted into separate commodities (newspaper, cardboard, plastic, glass, etc.) by the resident and handled separately throughout the collection process. In single stream, both the collection and processing systems must be designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables.

What are the advantages to single stream recycling?

Proponents of single stream note several advantages:

  • Reduced sorting effort by residents may mean more recyclables are placed at the curb and more residents may participate in recycling;
  • Reduced collection costs because single-compartment trucks are cheaper to purchase and operate, collection can be automated, and collection routes can be serviced more efficiently;
  • Greater fleet flexibility which allows single compartment vehicles to be used for refuse or recycling, providing greater fleet flexibility and reducing the number of reserve vehicles needed;
  • Participation and volume per household may increase;
  • Changing to single stream may provide an opportunity to update the collection and processing system and to add new materials to the list of recyclables accepted;
  • More paper grades may be collected, including junk mail, telephone books and mixed residential paper.
What do I have to do?

To participate, simply place your recyclables in your regular recycling bin and set it out on the opposite of your trash on your regular pick-up day. Clear plastic bags can be used for additional items if you bin is full. Additional recycling bins are also available in the Treasurers Office, located on the first floor of Canton's Administration Building. The cost for an additional bin is $10.

How is this better than my old way of recycling?

Simply put, the Single Stream method requires no sorting of recyclables on the part of our customer - it's a method that allows residents to put all of their household recycling in to one cart and is easier and more convenient.

Will I receive a new bin?

No, Canton Waste Recycling will not be handing out new bins. Your green plastic bin will still be used for SSR. Additional recycling bins are available in the Treasurers Office, located on the first floor of Canton's Administration Building. The cost for an additional bin is $10.

Will my recycling pickup schedule change?

No, your recycling day will still be the same day as your trash pick-up.

What items will not be collected?

Paper Milk or Juice Cartons

  • Styrofoam Containers/Packing
  • Garbage
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint Cans
  • Colored Glass
  • Medical Waste
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Household Cleaners
  • Chemicals (Dry or Liquid)
  • Wood Items

Please check the Canton Community Calendar for upcoming Hazardous

Do I need to clean items before putting them in the bin?

Your recyclables should be rinsed of food residue. All paper put into the bin must be dry.

Can I contain my newspapers in clear plastic grocery bags so they don't escape the bin on my refuse pickup day?

Yes, clear plastic bags can be used to hold all recyclables; however please do NOT tie the bags. CWR employees need to empty it into the truck so that all recyclables can be sorted at the processing plant. In addition, newspapers should NOT be bound with a string.

Can shredded paper be recycled?

No, shredded paper is NOT an acceptable SSR item. If shredded paper is found in your recycling bin, the bin will not be picked up.

Does cardboard need to be placed in the bin or can I just place it off to the side?

All recyclables MUST be placed into the bin or into clear plastic bags. Cardboard boxes need to be broken down and placed into the bin, if they exceed the size of the bin please use clear plastic bags. CWR recommends "Iron Built" plastics bags which can be purchased from the Canton ACO located at Joy and Morton Taylor Roads.

If I need to use a clear plastic bag for items that exceed my bin, can all recyclables be mixed together in that bag?

Yes, any item on the acceptable materials list can be placed into a clear plastic bag. Please do NOT tie plastic bags. CWR employees will need to empty the bags into the collection trucks.

Do I need to remove the plastic from the top of my tissue box before placing it in the bin?

No, tissue boxes can be placed in the bin with the plastic still intact.

What happens if I place an unacceptable item into the bin (i.e. Styrofoam)?

If CWR notices an unacceptable item in the bin, the bin will NOT be picked up. Please refer to the SSR guide for a complete list of what is and is not accepted.


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