Each year, over 14 million tons of clothing go into U.S. landfills - in an effort to combat this growing problem, Canton has partnered with Simple Recycling to offer curb-side pick-up of clothing and small household items.
Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycler committed to offering residents the easiest way to keep usable materials from the landfill. The program is free of charge and simple to use.
Step 1: Place clothing, shoes and home goods into the green bags provided by Simple Recycling. Simple Recycling will also provide residents with tags for larger items that will not fit inside the bags.
Step 2: Place your bags at the curb on your regular collection day. Simple Recycling materials should be placed on the opposite side of your driveway from your refuse and set apart from recycling bins and yard waste containers.
Step 3: A Simple Recycling truck will collect the bags and recycle the items for reuse.
Please note, only items placed inside the bags or tagged with Simple Recycling labels will be collected. Simple Recycling will not pick up anything left outside of the bag or untagged.
Beginning Monday, November 7th, the following items will be accepted at the curb by Simple Recycling:
- Men, women and children's clothing
- Coats and Jackets
- Sleeping Bags
- Small Furniture
- Small Appliances, such as toasters, microwaves and coffee makers
- Christmas lights (as long as they are in good working order)
All of the materials collected are graded and sorted locally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade is exported to international markets and "unusable" items are processed for raw materials.
Before the program begins, residents will receive two Simple Recycling bags and two tags for larger items by mail. For every bag Simple Recycling collects, a new bag will be left, usually they are tied to the handle of a refuse bin.
For questions or more information on the program please call Canton's Public Works Division at 734/397-1011.