CANTON, Mo. -- The city of Canton is using a $24,272 state grant to buy several pieces of equipment for the Canton Recycling Center.
Mary Fretwell, office assistant at Canton City Hall, said the grant will allow the city to acquire a used pickup truck, a used tow motor and a pallet jack with scale.
All the equipment will help keep the city's recycling center in steady operation.
The grant was provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by way of the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District.
This isn't the first time the city has received grants from the district for equipment at the recycling center, which is housed in a former service station at 509 N. Fourth St. Total grant funding in recent years has exceeded $76,600.
Cindy Kell, the city's public works director, applied for the most recent grant. She has been involved in the operation of the Canton Recycling Center since its inception several years ago.
Fretwell said grants such as this are critical for cities of Canton's size.
"Without the grant, the city would not be able to have and sustain our recycling center," she said.
"We have expanded our recycling center. We promote the use of the recycling center, and we have people come from outside of Lewis County to bring materials to the recycling center because they want a place to take materials that they think should be recycled, or should be reused, and not be going into a landfill."
The recycling center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. It accepts newspapers, magazines, business paper, aluminum cans, tin cans, cereal box cardboard and corrugated cardboard, plus any type of plastic container stamped with the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 or 6.
Although two part-time employees are paid to work at the center Saturdays, the bulk of the center's workforce involves volunteers -- some of whom have been helping ever since the center opened.
Fretwell said community residents, local organizations, and students and faculty from Canton High School and Culver-Stockton College have been among the volunteers.
In addition, people convicted of misdemeanors are sometimes sentenced by the Canton Municipal Court to perform community service work, and the recycling center "provides an opportunity for them to do community service work and complete the requirements for court," Fretwell said.