Canton's Curbside Automated Recycling Program
In 2017, Canton instituted a new automated recycling program that replaced 18-gallon bins with 64-gallon carts. The larger carts are equipped with lids to promote a cleaner community and have wheels to make getting recyclables to the curb easier and more convenient. The goal was to increase the recycling rate by 25%, as of March 2018, Canton has reached that goal! Carts should be placed on your driveway apron and not in the street. They should also be placed on the opposite side of your drive from your refuse, leaving at least 6 inches around the cart so the mechanical arm on the truck can easily fit around the cart. Hinges and handles should face towards your residence with the lifting bar facing the street. View more information on proper cart placement (PDF).
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.
On non-collection days carts should be stored inside your garage or under your carport. If you do not have a garage or carport or do not have adequate room, then please store it beside your residence. Your Home Owner's Association may have additional rules about placement that you will need to comply with.
All 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 after you receive the cart 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.
If your house gets missed you must report it to GFL that day, otherwise GFL will not be able to pick up your recyclables until your next regular collection day.
Note: If there are any unacceptable items in your recycling cart GFL will not pick it up. In addition, any recyclable material that is not in the cart will not be picked up.
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. No wax coated paperboard)
- Non-wax Coated Paperboard
- Phone Books
- Pots and Pans
- Aluminum, Steel and Tin Cans (empty cans only)
- Clear and Colored Glass (empty containers only)
Please DO NOT contaminate the recycling cart with any of the following items.
- Plastic Bags
- Wire Hangers
- Window Panes
- Pyrex Dishware
- Yard Waste
- Food Waste
- Electronic Waste
- Paint, Pesticides, Oil and Cleaners
- Waxed Cardboard
- Needles or Syringes