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.
- Plastic bags or plastic wrap.
- Tanglers: cords, hoses or chains.
- Food or liquid (this includes greasy pizza boxes). Please rinse off containers and cans before placing in the cart.
- Hazardous waste.
If any of these contaminates are in your cart, you will receive a warring 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. To view a list of what is and is not accepted visit, www.canton-mi.org/230