Recyclable Items

Items to Recycle in Canton

Plastic Bag

  • 1. #1 through #7 plastics
  • - Rinse plastic containers such as milk jugs.
    - No soiled items.
    - If it would draw a fly, rinse it out or do not recycle it.
    - Plastic grocery bags have a number and may be recycled.
    - Plastic items that do not have a recycle number may not be recycled.
    - Bubble wrap may be recycled.
    - Cellophane should not be recycled in Canton.

    In 2009, $485 million worth of plastic was wasted in the U.S. That is enough for 1,000 households to live on the U.S. median income for nearly a decade.

    Plastic bottles are recycled into such items as plastic lumber for picnic tables and park benches, carpet fiber, clothing, auto parts, paintbrushes, and new plastic bottles.

    Clean Paper

  • 2. Clean Paper
  • - Newspaper, card stock, cereal boxes, washed milk or juice cartons, phone books, junk mail, envelopes, copy paper, books, etc.
    - No Soiled Paper. Recycling is not trash.

    Paper is recycled into new paper products such as newspapers, paper egg cartons, cereal boxes, cellulose insulation and acoustical ceiling tiles. Some grades of paper can be recycled up to seven times.

    Cardboard boxes

  • 3. Unwaxed Corrugated Cardboard
  • - Boxes must be broken down to fit in the recycling container.
    - No soiled cardboard.
    - Corrugated boxes with a coating such as dog biscuit boxes, fire starter boxes, etc. may be recycled.
    - Chicken is typically delivered to the grocery store in waxed corrugated cardboard. This box is not to be recycled.

    The majority of corrugated containers that are recycled are manufactured into more corrugated containers.

    Aluminum and Tin Cans

  • 4. Aluminum and Tin Cans
  • - Please rinse cans. If it would draw a fly it is not to be recycled.

    Aluminum cans and aluminum scrap are turned back into new aluminum products including airplanes, cars, and new soda cans. Aluminum can be recycled almost indefinitely.

    Steel cans and steel scrap are used in other steel products such as car parts and construction materials, bolts and nuts, and more steel cans. Steel can also be recycled repeatedly. Each year, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic combined.


    PLEASE NO SOILED ITEMS â€“ If it will draw a fly, please do not recycle it.

    GlassNO GLASS â€“ Canton does not recycle glass because there is not a recovery facility within a reasonable distance.

    StyrofoamNO STYROFOAM â€“ Styrofoam is a problematic contaminate in recycling.

    Facts about styrofoam:

    Non Bio-Degradable
    - As with any petroleum product, it takes 1000â€ēs of years to decompose; but styrofoam does not ever totally break down to become one with the earth.

    Health Concerns
    - Acute exposure can cause irritation of skin, eyes, respiratory and gastrointestinal effects.
    - Chronic exposure can affect the central nervous system with symptoms such as depression, headaches, fatigue, etc.

    Causes Air Pollution
    - 57 chemical by-products are released during the creation of styrofoam.
    - These chemicals impact the ozone and global warming.

    Food Contamination
    - Chemicals can leach into food affecting human health and the reproductive systems.