For Immediate Release
Curbside Recycling Carts Replacing Blue Bag Program for the Towns of Canton and Clyde
The towns of Canton and Clyde are moving to a cart-based system for its curb side recycling program. New 65-gallon carts will replace the blue bags now in use for recycling. The wheeled carts will be delivered starting in January to all households in the town. All customers should receive the new carts by January 31st. The carts will be collected every week beginning the month February on the same day as your regular trash service day.
Recyclables should no longer be placed in bags, rather placed freely in the bin. Bags in the curbside program can wrap around and break machinery at the facility where the material goes, creating a dangerous work environment for the recycling sorting crew at those facilities. Plastic bags from stores are also not recyclable at the curb but can be taken back to many grocery and retail stores where bins are normally placed at the entrance to those st ores.
Residents should have received notification via a postcard of the change and will be receiving a packet of information including a refrigerator magnet as well with a recycling guide with the carts. Plastic, aluminum, steel and paper items are collected the same as with the bag program. Cardboard boxes should be emptied of all inner packaging and flattened.
Items that are NOT cans, containers, bottles, paper, cartons or cardboard should not be placed in the cart. This includes plastic foam, peanuts and egg cartons as well as rigid plastic items that are not a container, like lawn chairs, toys and tools. Garden hoses, computer cables and batteries are also not permitted. It is recommended to rinse any residue from containers and keep the cart lids closed so paper does not get wet.
Please direct any questions to the town websites recycling page or phone numbers listed below:
Canton – www .cantonnc.com or phone 828-648-2363
Clyde – www.townofclyde.com or phone 828-627-2566
The new recycling carts were funded in part by a grant through the NC Department of Environmental Quality as well as the Southeast Recycling Development Council’s grant provided from the Coca-Cola Foundation.