Sustainability Committee


  • Christine Smith - Chair
  • Tim Calabrese - Clerk
  • Phil Brown - Citizen at Large 
  • Carolyn Elkort - Citizen at Large
  • Patricia McDermott - Vice Chair
  • Katy Clark - Citizen at Large 
  • Erin Connor - Citizen at Large 
  • Andrea Stuart - School Staff Member
  • Tim Calabrese - Citizen at Large

All terms are 1 year long and are appointed by the Select Board.

Mission Statement:

The Canton Sustainability Committee will strive to incorporate the ideals of sustainability into Canton’s culture, economy and built environment - in order to create a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community for people of all ages and abilities to work, play and live. We seek to inspire the next generation of Canton to become passionate stewards of their community.

America Recycles Day

In honor of the 23rd  anniversary of America Recycles Day on November 15 (and a do-over for Earth Day), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has compiled a month of informative programming we’re calling Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-palooza!  Learn more and sign up here:

Textiles / Recycling

Textiles may be recycled in the Bay State Textile drop-off bin located at the Pine Street facility. Old clothing, fabric, shoes or anything soft can be recycled. Here is a link that list acceptable items for textile recycling.   All of the listed items can be donated in any condition as long as they are clean and dry. 

Questions as to what can be recycled?  Search an item to see if it should be placed in the recycling or in the trash at

Sustainability Initiatives

View a list of sustainability initiatives relating to energy, waste, water, transportation, and climate change here.

Curbside Composting

Curbside composting is available in Canton through Black Earth Compost (link is  Reduce food waste by having yours collected weekly and turned into high quality, nutrient rich compost. Current payment plans for weekly compost pickup is $17.99/month OR $99.99 for 6 months.  Once 400 Canton households sign up, the price will go down by 30% for everyone.  Sign up or pre-register here (link is

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Related Links:

Learn more about Curbside Composting with City Compost - Video

Recycling 101 with Gretchen Carey of Republic Services - Video

Recycling interview with Gretchen Carey of Republic Services - Video

Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no vacancies on this committee.  Preferred qualifications of volunteers are knowledge of sustainability issues.  The approximate time commitment is 1-2 hours per month with the possibility of more as needed.