What do I do with my Hazardous Waste, Scap metal, Appliances, Computer, and Electronic Waste?
Appointments are required.
The Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, along with our partners at the City of Canton and Canton Public Health, run a household hazardous waste collection at the Canton Recycle Center. Appointments are now required. To make an appointment today, click here. For questions about any of the materials below, call us at 330-874-2258 and select option #1. The Canton Recycle Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-3pm unless holiday hours apply. Below is a list of what we collect and do not collect:
Appliances (small and large)
- Freon does not need to be removed from your fridge or other freon containing appliance.
- No food or other materials may be inside; the Recycling Center has the right to refuse appliances with any food, liquid or other material inside.
Electronics (all electronics)
- Do not bring the items in a plastic bag.
- A plastic tote or cardboard box should be sufficient. We will return any tote or cardboard box you wish for reuse.
- If you have a large quantity of items, please keep like items together and try to keep them separate.
Household Hazardous Waste (Must be from your house and not from a commercial entity or business)– If you are unsure if we accept an item, call 330-874-2258 and select option 1. We accept the following materials:
Click here for a list of materials we accept
(No propane, oxygen, butane, or any other cylinders)
- For your safety, bring your items with vapors in closed containers.
- Bring your materials in plastic totes if there is the possibility of leaking. Your tote will be returned to you if you wish. Do not bring in plastic bags.
- Please make sure that all caps are secured tightly
- All Kerosene, Diesel and Gasoline should be brought in approved containers (plastic gasoline cans with cap secured or laundry detergent jug with secure cap.) Your container will not be returned to you.
- Do not mix bleach and ammonia. This combination can be fatal.
- How to Identify Oil Based Paint– identifying your paint is easy. Look on the back of the paint can for the cleanup section. Oil based paints must be cleaned up by mineral spirits or paint thinner. Latex can be cleaned up with water and soap. We do not accept Latex as it should be reused or thrown away in your trash.
Residentially Generated Tires: Passenger, Light Truck, Lawn Mower, ATV, Bicycle, Motorcycle, 3 wheeler, 4 wheeler Tires, etc. Only (Not for Commercial, Business, Non-Profit, or Churches)
- On/off Rim, residents are allowed 10 tires per person per year
- You may only transport 10 or less at a time. That is the law.
- You must have your ID with you.
- No business/commercial/nonprofit/government/farm tires
- No Plastic Bags
- You must flatten your cardboard before bringing it to the center
- Paper, metal/aluminum cans, glass bottles/jars, plastic bottles/jugs only: No other material is accepted.
- Items must be clean dry and empty
- Leave your plastic bottle and jug caps on
Please bring your recyclables in reusable containers
We will accept ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Televisions (Tube style, CRT and Flat Screen)
- Tube style, CRT televisions, and Flat screen televisions will be collected, sent to the landfill and are not recyclable. This is service brought to you by the City of Canton. Flat screen televisions may be recycled at other locations but likely will require a fee.
No batteries are accepted except lead acid batteries (ex. car batteries) All Alkaline batteries are non-hazardous and may be disposed of in your trash. You may take your other rechargeable batteries to a participating store by visiting Call2Recycle to find a participating location near you. You may also get boxes from Call2Recycle for your batteries. These pre-paid boxes ensure your batteries are disposed of properly and do not end up in a landfill. Other household generated batteries may be thrown away in your trash.
No Building Materials– We follow the Ohio EPA’s definitions of building materials here. You can find disposal sites near you by clicking Building Material Disposal Sites
No Clothing– Gently used clothing may be donated to the Salvation Army or other likeminded organizations. Otherwise, dispose of your clothing in your curbside trash.
No Cylinders (Propane, Fire Extinguishers or other tanks) See below.
- https://www.bluerhino.com/about/rhino-feed/recycling-tips for propane recycling. Blue Rhino locations offer a free recycling program for 20# grill tanks. If you have a gas grill propane tank that you no longer need and would like to recycle, write “RECYCLE” on the tank and take it to any Blue Rhino location. Blue Rhino will collect the tank and refurbish it if possible. If the tank does not meet the company’s safety and quality standards, they will recycle the tank. Blue Rhino will accept any standard gas grill tank, including other brands. This is also the most common form of propane tank used.
- Small propane or butane canisters for a camp stove, lantern or torch (usually 2# or less) are not refillable and can be recycled through a scrap metal yard. Make sure the canister is empty by attaching it to the device it is used with and allowing the gas to run until it’s gone or use a tool to decompress the item. If there is no scrap metal recycling available, and all the gas is released, the canister may be discarded in the trash. Refrigerant gas, welding tanks, and medical cylinders should be disposed of or recycled through the company it was purchased or received.
- Empty helium balloon tanks that were purchased from a retail store should be punctured and recycled at a local scrap metal yard. You may receive a rebate. Follow the disposal instructions that came with the tank or see these instructions from Balloon Time. Helium tanks are not accepted in the household hazardous waste disposal program. https://www.balloontime.com/how-to/recycle/
- Medical cylinders should be disposed or recycled through the company it was purchased or received. Check with your medical supplier for details about their takeback or exchange program. If you are unable to determine where the oxygen tank came from, recycle the tank at a scrap metal yard near you. Determine if the tank is aluminum or stainless steel (magnets stick to stainless steel, not aluminum). Find a scrap metal yard by visiting timetorecycle.org. Call ahead to confirm that they accept stainless steel or aluminum tanks and what their requirements might be for accepting these cylinders.
No DEA regulated material and bio-medical waste–
Drugs and other substances that are considered controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) are divided into five schedules. An updated and complete list of the schedules is published annually in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) §§1308.11 through 1308.15. Substances are placed in their respective schedules based on whether they have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, their relative abuse potential, and likelihood of causing dependence when abused. Some examples of the drugs in each schedule are listed below.
Schedule I Controlled Substances
Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.
Some examples of substances listed in Schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“Ecstasy”).
Schedule II/IIN Controlled Substances (2/2N)
Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
Examples of Schedule II narcotics include hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), methadone (Dolophine®), meperidine (Demerol®), oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®), and fentanyl (Sublimaze®, Duragesic®). Other Schedule II narcotics include morphine, opium, codeine, and hydrocodone.
Examples of Schedule IIN stimulants include amphetamine (Dexedrine®, Adderall®), methamphetamine (Desoxyn®), and methylphenidate (Ritalin®).
Other Schedule II substances include: amobarbital, glutethimide, and pentobarbital.
Schedule III/IIIN Controlled Substances (3/3N)
Substances in this schedule have a potential for abuse less than substances in Schedules I or II and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
Examples of Schedule III narcotics include products containing not more than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with Codeine®), and buprenorphine (Suboxone®).
Examples of Schedule IIIN non-narcotics include: benzphetamine (Didrex®), phendimetrazine, ketamine, and anabolic steroids such as Depo®-Testosterone.
Schedule IV Controlled Substances
Substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III.
Examples of Schedule IV substances include: alprazolam (Xanax®), carisoprodol (Soma®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), clorazepate (Tranxene®), diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), midazolam (Versed®), temazepam (Restoril®), and triazolam (Halcion®).
Schedule V Controlled Substances
Substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances listed in Schedule IV and consist primarily of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics.
Examples of Schedule V substances include cough preparations containing not more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams (Robitussin AC®, Phenergan with Codeine®), and ezogabine.
Bio-medical waste (or hospital waste) is any kind of waste containing infectious (or potentially infectious) materials.
For more information, click on the following links: DEA Regulated Material Disposal, Bio-medical waste disposal, Residential Medication Disposal
No Explosives– Contact your local PD to report explosives that are found or how to properly dispose of these items.
No Furniture/Carpet– check with your hauler to see if there is an extra charge to take it to the landfill. If they don’t have a process OR do not take the items, visit Building Material Disposal Sites
No Latex Paint– Latex paint should be dried out using kitty litter, newspaper or sand. Once dried, it can be thrown away. We will not accept this at the Recycle Center.
No Mattresses– Mattresses may require special preparation. Call your waste hauler first to see what they require to safely pick this item up. If they do not, you may call Kimble in Canton and what you need to do to drop it off yourself.
No Plastic Bags– Plastic bags should be thrown away and are not recyclable.
No Smoke Detectors– A smoke ionization detector can be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal or you can legally dispose of it in the regular trash. Manufacturers of smoke detectors are mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory law 10 CFR 32.27 to see that the radioactive waste is disposed at a nuclear waste disposal facility. When sending back a smoke detector, do not take it apart. Return the entire smoke detector by ground mail (not air mail). Before shipping, remove the batteries and place them in the trash. No special packaging is needed for your smoke detector. Just put it in a box, maybe with some newspaper for padding, and send it. You must call the company before sending. If you are unable to return a smoke detector to the manufacturer, place it in the regular garbage for disposal. Smoke detectors are not accepted in our hazardous waste disposal program.
No Toys– Dispose of your toys in your trash or take them directly to the landfill for larger items.
No Tractor, Bus, or other commercial/business/non-profit, church tires– Contact Liberty Tire (330-868-0097) (Stark County) for disposal for these tires.
No Trash– Dispose of your trash in your curbside trash or contact a local hauler for special requests.
No Yard Waste– The Recycling District has sites in Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties for residents only. To find a site near you, click on Yard Waste Disposal Sites.
Where/How do I dispose of an apc back up battery
The Canton Recycle Center (Tuesday 12-6pm and Friday 9-3pm)
Do you accept large pcs of glass
Only glass bottles and jars; no other materials.
Where can I dispose of pavers? And what is the cost to do so?
Can you clarify what a paver is? Nothing we take costs you the resident anything. Once I know what a paver is, I can direct you appropriately.
Do you take old tarps
No. Those should be disposed of in the trash.
How can I recycle plastic bags? Walmart removed their plastic bag box. Can you put a recycle container just for bags only behind Buehlers in New Philadelphia?
Hi, Jack. We have no way to recycle plastic bags and can’t put a bin out. As a matter of fact, many of the grocery stores around the area have plastic bag boxes but we aren’t sure what they do with them. We would like to believe that they are recycling them but have no way to prove it.
My son used to work at an Acme. When the bag recycling collectors were full, they dumped them in the dumpster.
That’s good to know! We have never been able to get a clear answer from anyone on that. Thank you!
I have recently contacted Acme headquarters in Akron and they assure me that the Canton Acme stores are recycling the bags that customers bring in.
I have also contacted the Giant Eagle headquarters in Pittsburgh and all their stores definitely recycle the bags brought in by customers. A recycling company goes to the stores and picks up the bags and takes them to their recycling plant where the bags are turned into useful items.
I would like to encourage everyone to recycle their plastic bags as they have value. Please follow the guidelines as to which bags they want.
LET’S NOT LET OUR TRASH GO TO WASTE!!!
Thank you for that information!
Do you accept sinks, tubs, toilets?
In general, no unless they are metal.
The Lions Clubs in Tuscarawas collect those plastic bags and they are recycled at Giant Eagle and used by Trex decking to make benches for our community.
Do you accept empty DVD cases for recycling?
No. Those are not recyclable.
Giant eagle has one outside of store at the Strip
Where can I dispose of my old, 50 gallon, hot water tank?
In the article you commented on, there is a link to make an appointment at the Canton Recycle Center. Use that and bring it to us.
Do you accept CRT televisions?
Yes, we do. Simply make an appointment and bring it on down!
Do you take shredded paper?
No, we do not. Shredded paper should be used in a compost or thrown away.
I called the Canton Sanitation Department which picks up trash and recycling, and they told me I could place shredded paper in a plastic bag and they would pick it up with other recyclables.
We will call them. That’s not correct. Shredded paper is not recyclable in their stream or ours. We use the same processor, Kimble.
Styrofoam was not mentioned. Do you take that, if not can you make a suggestion. I have some large chunks of it.
Hello! Great question. Styrofoam is not something we can recycle. We are unaware of any place that takes it and recycles it properly. Please throw it away in your trash.
The UPS store in New Philadelphia will accept styrofoam so they can use it to pack and ship items. Maybe your local UPS store will do the same?
That’s a possibility. We try to not promote places like that unless they know they can handle the volume that comes from our promotion of their facility.
Do you know where I can dispose of an old lawnmower and old snowblower that no longer work?
Of course! The Canton Recycle Center! Make an appointment and they can take your old material for recycling. You can make your appointment by going here.
how do I dispose of a Basal mercury thermometer?
Make an appointment here for the Canton Recycle Center and they will be happy to process it for you! https://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Will you take OttLite Bulbs contains up to 3.5 mg of mercury per the replacement bulb’s packaging, Curly bulbs or LED bulbs?
Mike, Thank you for your question. Yes, we do accept all mercury-containing devices.
Hey there do you guys take halogen tube lights? I’ve got a box of them
Yes, you can make an appointment here: https://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Will you accept an electric trolling motor?
Patricia, yes. Just make an appointment using the link in the blog and we will take it!
Do you take empty co2 tanks, this one is from an old beer tap.
No, we do not. That would fall under the cylinders which we do not accept. Try a local scrapper. They may take it.
I’m looking to recycle old sports trophies that I’ve accumulated from my high school days. Most of the medals are standard plastic/metal. The trophies seem to be mainly plastic with a few having some marble on them. Do you think those can be taken to be recycled?
Great question! Unfortunately, they are not. Those types of items have no market. We are sorry to say that you should put them in the trash unless you wish to donate them to your Alma Mater to place them in one of their cases? They like that stuff.
First tee will take trophies.
Do you take old mail? I have several bags of old mail.
You can place them loosely in our bins (no bag please!)
Will you take projection tv?
Yes. Just make an appointment at the Canton Recycle Center using the link in the blog and you are good to go!
I see that you don’t take smoke detectors; what about CO detectors?
Carbon monoxide detectors do not contain radioactive material, so you can treat them as you would photoelectric smoke detectors. Check with the manufacturer to see if they have a take-back program. Throw the device in the trash.
Do you accept spray paint?
I have 2 very heavy acetylene tanks that are very old and empty. Everyone says they can not be refilled because of their age. How do I dispose of them
If they are completely empty, you can try a scrap yard or contact the place you purchased the tanks from to see if they offer to recycle their old tanks. Many places do not accept cylinders because they are dangers posed if there are materials left in the tanks.
Do you take printers?
Yes, we do! Any appliance!
Do you take insecticides, pesticides, weedkillers, fungicides?
Yes, we do!
Do you accept toilet bowl cleaner , floor finish ( wax ) , all purpose pine cleaner , concentrated odor counteractant , heavy duty lime off ?
Yes, those are household hazardous waste materials.
I’m from SARTA and we have many old computers, LCD monitors, electronics, and sealed-lead acid batteries from battery backups. I noticed that you don’t accept batteries from organizations, but do you accept the rest? Should I contact eCycle Solutions in N Canton for the batteries if you don’t take them? I have an appointment scheduled tomorrow for the computers and electronics. Thank you,
Adam, you can bring all of those items to us. We just can’t accept items like hazardous waste or tires from a business. Everything else, we can make it happen!
How can I recycle hearing aid batteries and lithium ion batteries?
Also, I understand there is a company in the Dayton area that recycles Styrofoam. Are you
aware of this?
Does the Recycling District do anything to encourage stores like Walmart, Buehlers, etc. to
stop handing out plastic bags, if they are not able to be recycled?
Carol, you pose excellent questions! First things first… there are no local outlets that will take hazardous batteries with the exception of places like select Home Depot or Lowes locations. They collect very specific type of batteries used typically in drills or power tools. There are no local options that we promote because we can’t be sure they are in fact ensuring their safe disposal. Call2recycle has boxes available that you can purchase and collect your batteries and they will ensure the safe disposal of those items. Hope this helps. There are many places that recycle items like styrofoam. The issue is not whether they exist; the issue is how do we get them there and we simply do not have the that or a way to collect those materials. As for your last question, we know that local businesses are making important efforts to reduce their use of non-recyclable materials but the District does not get involved in the internal business decisions of local companies. We do certainly appeal to their better nature and encourage them to move to more sustainable solutions.
What about scrap metal from old off-set patio umbrella?
We will take it.
Will you accept a Under-the-sink Garbage disposal unit? It rusted out in the bottom after 10+ years. The motor still works though.
Yes. Please make an appointment and we can take it for you!
Do you accept used VHS tapes?
No. They are not recyclable. They go in your trash.
Do you accept non-stick cookware?
Yes. Make an appointment at the Canton Recycle Center using the link in the blog.
Any suggestions for how to dispose of the following:
1. Nail Polish
2. Mercury oral thermometer
3. Cords and plugs from electronics
Make an appointment using the link in the article you commented on and bring them to the Canton Recycle Center.
I have sliding glass doors from a shower. Can those be recycled?
Short of donating it for reuse, it should go to the landfill.
Do you accept Home or Car Keys.
Do you accept LED light bulbs?
Do you accept light bulbs and fluorescent tube lights?
Yes by appointment only- http://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Do you accept residential vinyl fencing
No, we do not. Those belong in a C&D landfill. There are two in Stark County: Minerva Enterprises and Stark C&D. Charges may apply. Call ahead.
Do you accept cassettes?
No. Those are not recyclable.
I have a couple of ballasts from light fixtures, they do not say “no pcbs” on them. can I recycle them? Are they hazardous waste?
You can bring them to the Canton Recycle Center. Just use the link in the blog you commented on and make the appointment.
Do you accept empty plastic totes and lids?
No. Please reuse or discard in your trash.
Do you accept all plastics or only numbers 1 and 2?
Only Plastic Bottles and Jugs
Does your site take CRT console televisions?
Yes, you can make an appointment at the Canton Recycle Center by going here: https://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Do you accept or are you aware of any place that recycles expired car seats?
Do you take old encylopedia sets/books? The library doesn’t want out of date refrence material.
If the binding is removed, yes. We can only accept the paper. The binding can be thrown in the trash.
Do you still accept lighted artificial Christmas trees
Hello Bryan, thanks for asking. Moving forward, we will not be accepting those. We will accept the Christmas lights, though.
Will you accept a 30 year old non lit artificial Christmas tree? Also, will you accept burned out strings of mini-lights, or do the lights need to be removed from the strings? If so, would the no bulb strings be recyclable? I thought I read in the December Stark-Wayne-Tuscarawas Waste Management email that these items were recyclable.
Rosemary, the 30 yr old non lit artificial tree should be thrown away in your trash. Call your trash hauler to see if there is a special charge for bulk pickup. As for strings of Christmas lights, we accept those at the Canton Recycle Center by appointment only. The link is in the blog you just read above. Lights do not need to be removed. Hope that helps!
Thanks for answering all the questions. Do you take car radios?
Yes, we do by appointment only- http://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Will you take a sewing machine?
Yes by appointment- http://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
Do you take insect repellents, and household insect poisons? Also, do you take lawn chemicals such as weed killer and fertilizers?
You can bring it to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection if you are resident of Stark, Tuscarawas, or Wayne Counties by making an appointment here: http://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
We can I dispose of old/outdated carpet cleaning chemicals?
Robyn, if you go back to the top of the article you commented on, you can make an appointment at the Canton Recycle Center all year round. It’s fast and easy!
where should I dispose of regular AAA,AA, D, C batteries?
For right now, they should be disposed of in your trash. We are currently looking at options to provide outlets. Stay tuned!
Are ballasts (non-PCB) considered an electronic item?
Will the recycling site unload heavy objects from your vehicle for you? Thank you.
Yes, we can do that with an appointment.
Do you accept bottles of old nail polish?
Yes we do! Make an appointment using the link in the blog.
I have an upright vaccum cleaner body (no motor) and an upright carpet cleaner (generally complete). Are these recycleable, or more appropriate for trash pick-up?
The vacuum cleaner with no motor should go in the trash. The upright cleaner can be recycled.
Thank you Steve.
You are most welcome!
Do you accept water softeners and or iron filters?
Yes, you can make an appointment here: https://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
I made an appointment to recycle old electronics. Do you accept floppy disks and CDs?
No. Those items are not recyclable.
Re hazardous waste recycling:
1. Did I read correctly, that you DO accept old car & tractor batteries?
2. Do you accept an expired household fire extinguisher?
3. Do you accept polyurethane? I tried the “paint hardener” I use to dispose of paint & it does not work.
1) Yes, we do accept old car and tractor batteries.
2) We do not accept fire extinguishers but you may take them to Pitt’s Fire Extinguisher in Massillon, Ohio. They charge per extinguisher but it is not very much. I would suggest calling them at 330-833-5508. Hope this helps!
3) yes, we accept polyeurathanes as long as they are oil-based. Can you verify how the can asks you to clean it up if spilled? If it says to use mineral spirits or paint thinner, it’s oil based. If it says that you clean it up with soap and water, it is water based and should be dried out with kitty litter, dried out and thrown in the trash.
Do you take cardboard poster tubes?
Yes, we do!
We are replacing lead acid batteries in our traffic signal battery backup cabinets. The replacement battery suppliers do not take the cores. Can Canton drop off 32 to or more batteries? Do we need to make an appointment?
I sent you an email!
My company is looking for a place to recycle large amounts of motor oil. Would you accept 40-50 (5gal) buckets of motor oil? Also do you know where we can recycle hydraulic oil?
There are a number of companies that will accept that waste for disposal. Clean Harbors, ERG, Heritage Environmental, and EEI. We cannot accept hazardous material from businesses. Hope that helps!
Hello, can we drop off old widow air conditioners? thank you
Yes, you can by appointment only- Here is the link to make your appointment: http://www.timetorecycle.org/hhw-appointments/
I have some food grade, plastic, 50 gallon drums. Will recycling center accept these?
No. Those plastic are not acceptable at the recycle center. Those should be reused, donated, or placed in the trash. The first two is preferable.
Is there any place closer than canton to dispose of tires?
Where are you?
Do you take bleach, liquid household cleaners and aerosol cans of disinfectant spray?
Yes by appointment!
Do you accept non-working exercise equipment (elliptical/treadmill/etc)?
Yes we do! By appointment of course!
How about #4 low density polyethylene plastic sheeting (used shrink wrap)?
There is no place to recycle that material locally. If you find a place, let us know. Until then, it unfortunately goes to the landfill.