Coronavirus Update: Recycling

STW Recycling supports our residents in this time of need

Residents of Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties,

We want you to know that our thoughts are with you all as we grapple with the affects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We want to encourage you first and foremost to listen to all recommendations coming from our elected officials and health professionals as they work to keep us safe. During this time, we wanted to share with you a few updates about how we have adjusted to this global pandemic.

To ensure the safety and well-being of staff at the Canton Recycle Center, the City of Canton, Canton City Public Health and the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District have shut down the hazardous waste, tire collection, electronic waste, scrap metal and appliance collections at the center. This will continue until further notice and is subject to the recommendations of our elected officials and public health professionals. We know this is a valuable program and want the public, our employees and vendors to be safe. Please visit Canton City Public Health for opening announcements as we work through this pandemic together.

We have had questions come through about whether or not yard waste sites are open. This would be around the time these sites would be opening but we felt compelled to share a little with you today. Our yard waste sites are hosted by townships, villages and cities. The dates and hours of operation are subject to that municipality. During this challenging time, some of those municipalities may not have the staffing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We recommend calling your local yard waste site host community to verify that they are open before bringing your materials. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Our recycling sites across all 3 counties remain open to the public. The federal government and the State of Ohio has designated waste and recycling as “critical infrastructure” and our operation will continue. We are taking the necessary steps to protect our drivers during this time of need by providing any of the necessary PPE they may require. In addition, we encourage all residents to abide by the stay at home order by Governor DeWine. If you have to come out and recycle, please ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Your safety is our priority.

For the safety of the public, our Outreach Coordinator and staff, we have cancelled many of our public engagements. We are greatly saddened by this. We speak to thousands each year, most of them school kids. Our thoughts are with all of the teachers, administrators, kids, parents, guardians and staff at all of the schools and organizations affected. We are committed to aligning our process to the recommendations of Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, and the CDC.

As we practice social distancing in our office, we ask for your patience and understanding as we go through this day by day. We are privileged to serve you and look forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Please stay tuned for more announcements and updates.

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