Recycling containers have been posted throughout the downtown area and at some city parks.
For the first time, visitors to those areas have a place to put recyclable items such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and newspapers. The containers also have a separate compartment for trash.
Containers were delivered and installed last week. In the spring, the city announced it was entering into an agreement with the Rutherford, N.J.-based Greener Corners.
About 40 containers have been placed near businesses and busy intersections and at several parks. The containers are affixed, and about 25 are in the downtown area.
The program does not cost the city any money, said Derek Gordon, the city’s assistant service and safety director who is serving as the interim assistant park director.
Greener Corners supports the program through advertising space sold on the black bins. Under the five-year agreement, the city will receive a portion of the revenue. A revenue projection was not available.
In the first year, the city’s share is 3 percent before increasing 3 percent each year until reaching 15 percent in the fifth year.
Advertising is handled by Greener Corners, but the city has discretion over the type permitted.
The intent is to increase recycling in the community in conjunction with the city’s curbside pickup and offerings at the recycling center on Schroyer Avenue SW, Gordon said.
Mayor William J. Healy II said the containers enhance the city’s overall recycling efforts.
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District have been proponents of the program.
Aaron Klein of Greener Corners said, “The whole success of the program comes from community involvement.” The Green Team, comprised of volunteers, will promote recycling at schools and in the community.
The city sanitation department will pick up the recyclables and trash as part of the regular routes in the downtown area, Gordon said. Park containers will be emptied either by the sanitation crews or the park department, Gordon said. Arrangements are being worked out.
Park recycling sites include Stadium, Monument, Waterworks, Willig, Cook and Schreiber.
RECYCLING AND GARBAGE
Founded in 2009, Greener Corners recently launched the program in Sandusky. It also provides the service in Colorado Springs as well as in communities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The company handled the installation of the containers. Greener Corners also is responsible for replacements and maintenance. The containers are made of galvanized steel.
More recycling container sites could be added in the future. Locations also could be adjusted. Greener Corners will track and report the tonnage of recyclables collected.
For more information about Greener Corners and its recycling program, visit www.greenercorners.com or call 330-969-9442 or 1-888-LOOK-4-GC.
By Ed Balint
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