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The Suburbanite
  • Canton to promote recycling in public places

  • The city of Canton is working out the details of a new recycling program that will post containers in public places. About 25 containers will be in the downtown Canton area. Other locations include some city parks. The program is expected to start in August at no cost to the city.

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  • Recycling containers will be placed in downtown Canton and at some city parks.
    Greener Corners, based in Rutherford, N.J., will head the program, which city officials expect to launch in August.
    On Tuesday, a Greener Corners representative was in Canton to discuss the program with a representative of the mayor’s office and the interim sanitation superintendent. Locations for the containers, which will include separate compartments for trash and recyclables, were being scouted for the public space recycling program.
    The Board of Park Commissioners will decide the locations of the containers in city parks, said Derek Gordon, the city’s assistant service director. Possible locations include Stadium Park, Willig Park, Nimisilla Park and Schreiber Park. A container is also planned at the Edward L. “Peel” Coleman Community Center and another possible spot is the Memorial Civic Center area.
    Greener Corners will provide the containers and service at no charge to the city. The company will sell advertising space on the bins, with the city receiving a percentage. Aaron Klein, of Greener Corners, described the advertising as “sponsorships.”
    About 40 containers will be placed in public spaces — 20 to 25 in the downtown area, Gordon said. The city sanitation department will handle collections.
    Greener Corners operates the same program in about a dozen communities, including in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Klein said. Programs are being launched in Canton and Sandusky, he said.
    The new containers will include three labeled 39-gallon compartments — two for recyclables and one for trash. Bottles, cans, newspapers and other recyclable items can be placed into the locked containers through openings.
    Containers will be secured to the pavement. Greener Corners will track recycling activity at the stations and issue reports to the city.
    The new bins will be made of galvanized steel.
    ADVERTISING REVENUE
    Under the five-year agreement, the city will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue.
    The first year is 3 percent before increasing 3 percent each year and reaching 15 percent in the fifth year. The rest of the advertising revenue goes to Greener Corners to pay for the service provided, Klein said.
    Advertising will be handled by Greener Corners exclusively. The agreement gives the city discretion over the type of advertising displayed.
    “We are not an advertising company,” Klein said. “These are sponsorships for the program.”
    Since the program is at no cost to the city, Gordon said, the city’s top priority is to increase recycling participation.
    Under the agreement, Greener Corners will be responsible for installing, maintaining and replacing the containers. The company also will be responsible for organizing a “Green Team,” comprised of volunteers, to conduct a public awareness campaign to educate the community about the benefits of recycling.
    Page 2 of 2 - ‘TRASH CAPACITY’
    Existing 20-gallon trash containers will remain in the downtown area, Gordon said, except for those in poor condition.
    Other trash containers downtown have been painted by local artists. Those also will remain. Gordon, however, said the city does not want to over-saturate the downtown area with trash containers.
    Overall, the city will gain “trash capacity” in the downtown area, which should make collections by the sanitation department less frequent there, Gordon said.
    The new bins also should reduce or prevent the overflowing of containers during downtown events, Gordon said.