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Recycling: Key to preserving Canton's future


By Linda Morckel
Released/Published: Jun 15, 2009

Recycling is crucial to our city’s sustainability, and Canton residents are investing in their future by participating in the City’s brand new curbside recycling program now more than ever.  Don’t recycle?  You should! 

Did you know…
•    Recycling one pound of steel saves enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.
•    Energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will run a TV for three hours.
•    Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline.
•    Every ton of paper recycled saves 380 gallons of oil.
•    Over 500,000 trees are used to supply Americans with their Sunday newspapers every week.
•    Recycling one glass bottle saves energy to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.
•    It takes 5 recycled 2-liter bottles to make on square foot of carpet.
•    Soda bottles and water bottles are actually made from a form of polyester, which is why it is so easy to recycle bottles into T-shirts, sweaters and socks.

Disposing of latex paint
The most common question we receive at the Solid Waste District is “What do I do with leftover paint?” Until 2010, the Solid Waste District will accept latex paint at its Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  At the beginning of the new year, however, we will no longer be able to accept these paint products.  So, how many extra cans of paint are sitting in YOUR basement – five…eight...more? 
Here are some tips for ways to avoid having to deal with leftover paint:
•    Buy only what you need – a Web site offered by Lowe’s can help you calculate how much paint you need to buy.  (Visit and click on “How to Projects,” then “Make a Statement with Paint,” and then “Paint Calculator.”)
•    Save paint for future use – it will last for years if sealed tightly and stored where it will not freeze.
•    Don’t buy oil-based paints – not only are they more difficult to apply, they are hazardous and cannot be disposed of in trash.  Latex paints can be disposed of safely when they have dried out – if you have latex paint to dispose of that is wet, perform the following steps to make it safe for the garbage can:
o    Find a well-ventilated area that is protected from children and pets.
o    Add cat litter or sawdust to absorb the paint.
o    Every couple of days, stir the mixture to allow air to flow through.  Depending on the type and quantity of paint you have, the drying process can be lengthy and may take from several days to several weeks.
o    When completely dry, discard the paint can with the regular trash (put in a bag or box).  Be sure to leave the lid off so the trash hauler can see that the paint has hardened.

NOTE:  Small quantities of paint can also be painted on cardboard or newspaper to use up.  You can then dispose of the cardboard or newspaper in your regular trash.
As always, to find answers to your City of Canton recycling questions, log on to or call 330-489-3000 for assistance.   And remember - keep recycling!

Contact Information: (330)489-3000