Streets & Garbage Department

Streets and Garbage is a part of the Public Works Department that is located on the second floor of the City Hall building. This department’s objective is to provide clear and safe road conditions for the day to day use of the City`s streets. The department also serves to remove solid waste from residential areas, with safe and reliable service as the focus.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm  
Phone: (309) 647-5022

Public Utility Manager
Joe Carruthers

Street Superintendent
Dash Wilson

Public Works Admin. Coordinator
Nancy Mackey

Curbside Garbage Totes

The City of Canton offers for sale commercial grade garbage totes. The City encourages its residents to purchase one of these totes for the following reasons:

  • Extremely durable, commercial grade wheeled totes with attached lids.
  • Totes carry a 10-year warranty. In case of damage, City can repair or replace them through an ownership identification number.
  • Specifically made to fit the garbage trucks, to be lifted by automated arms.
  • Saves tremendous wear and tear on our employees, minimizing injury.
  • They bear the City of Canton logo as well as an identification number. 

Totes are currently available for purchase in two sizes (65 gallon and 95 gallon). We are taking orders for a 35 gallon size, which are expected at the end of July. Click here to see tote dimensions.

Payment can be made via check or cash at the Public Works office, or online via the payment button below, or by adding the cost to your Water Bill, if your account is in good standing. Contact Public Works or the Water Department for this option.

When payment is received, the tote will be delivered to your address, usually on the next business day.

Bulk Item Pick Up

The City of Canton offers curbside pick-up of large bulk items, such as couches, mattresses/box springs, etc. Pick-up is usually scheduled on your regular garbage day.

Cost is $10.00 per item. Payment must be made either online or by cash or check at the Public Works office.

Prohibited from Landfill Disposal

Electronic items are banned from Illinois landfills (P.A. 97-0287) from all sources by penalty of law. The City of Canton trash collection cannot pick up following electronics or other items:

  • Hazardous wastes
  • Bulk Liquids
  • Landscape waste
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Potentially infectious medical wastes
  • Used motor oil
  • White goods appliances and components
  • Whole tires
  • Television consoles
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Video game consoles
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Computer monitors
  • Fax machines
  • Electronic mice
  • Videocassette recorders
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Small scale servers
  • Portable digital music players
  • Satellite receivers
  • DVD players

The Fulton County Health Department (700 E. Oak Street) is an IEPA-registered site for recycling these items. Residents should call ahead (309)647-1134 for information and drop-off days and times.

Eagle Enterprises Recycling

Recycling is offered to residents of Canton through a subscription-based curbside program offered by Eagle Enterprises Recycling, Inc. of Galva IL. For more information and to sign up for curbside recycling contact Eagle Enterprises Recycling and utilize the links below for more information.

Phone: (888) 932-2936
Email: info@eerecycling.com

Computer and Household Electronics Recycling

Electronic items are banned from Illinois landfills (P.A. 97-0287) from all sources by penalty of law. Below are places that accept electronics, household items, paint, and medications.

The Fulton County Health Department (700 E. Oak) is an IEPA-registered drop-off site. They accept electronics, paint and medications. Residents should call ahead (309) 647-1134 for drop off days and instructions. Also visit their website for more information on what they accept. Learn More

Eagle Enterprises Recycling, Inc accepts electronics, but only via drop off at their facility in Galva, IL. They are not permitted to pick up any electronics on the regular recycling routes. Residents should call ahead for more information (309) 932-2936 or visit their website for more information. Learn More

Goodwill Industries in Canton will accept computer-related electronics, including monitors, towers, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners.  These items can be dropped off at their drive-up donation doors on North Main Street.  It is recommended for the protection of your personal information that you remove or destroy the hard drive of any computer towers before recycling. Goodwill cannot accept non-computer electronics, such as televisions, microwaves, and other small appliances.

Canton Police Department accepts medication in a box located at City Hall in the main floor lobby.

Yard Waste Facility

The Canton Yard Waste Facility is for use by Canton residents only, for dop-off of bio-degradable yard waste. This facility is for grass clippings, plant material, and limbs. The Facility is located at the west end of Cedar Street on the southwestern edge of the city. The facility is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Fall Leaf Pick Up Program

Usually beginning in early November, two crews send approximately six weeks vacuuming up leaves that residents can rake to the terrace. The garbage routes are used to create a schedule, and crew concentrate on one garbage route for a full week at a time. Each year’s specific schedule will be posted under the City News section.

Residents are asked to rake leaves to the terrace and NOT rake leaves into the streets.  This is to prevent clogging of the catch basins, which in turn floods streets during fall rains.  Leaf piles should also be free of sticks that can clog the vacuum tubes.

Residents can also burn leaves any day of the week, using common sense to not burn on windy days, and to always attend their fire.

Residents can also take leaves and any other bio-degradable landscape waste to the Landscape Facility any day, dawn to dusk.

No Parking Ban

Once three inches (3”) of snow has fallen there is a parking ban on ALL public streets. It is illegal to park on the street for 12 hours after the snowfall, even if the plows have been through. Plowing and salting operations may require a return visit by City trucks. Vehicles parked in violation of the ban will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense. Following is the City ordinance in regards to this matter:

Pursuant to Section 9-5-2 of the Canton Municipal Code, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street in the City at any time within twelve (12) hours after a snowfall of three inches (3”) or more has occurred.