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Beautify A Neighborhood (BAN) 

Program Objective:  To establish a public/private partnership aimed at fostering neighborhood beautification through dedication of public resources to those neighborhood groups willing to assist the City in this process.

The “Beautify A Neighborhood” litter program is based upon the premise that the City of Canton has a degree of responsibility to alleviate trash and litter problems within its borders.  Acknowledging that the City cannot alleviate trash and litter problems on its own, the City seeks to promote partnerships with residents and neighborhood groups to solve the problem together.

The BAN program offers neighborhood groups the opportunity to partner with the City to clean up streets one neighborhood at a time.  By doing this work as a partnership between the City and its residents, all involved may learn the benefit of working together to achieve the shared goal of beautifying our neighborhoods.

How it works:  The City will set aside various weekends (Saturday - Monday) from April to October each year for neighborhood cleanups.  Canton City Public Health (CCPH) will coordinate the BAN program.  Any individual or organization within the City of Canton can apply to participate. Applying does not guarantee approval. CCPH will do our best to accommodate all applicants. Applicants will be notified of the approval or denial of their application. In cases where an application is denied, the decision will be discussed between the applicant and the program coordinator.

Upon approval, CCPH will work with the neighborhood event organizer to ensure they have supplies to assist their group and coordinate use of the City of Canton Recycling Center. 

The Sanitation Department will contact the event organizer one week prior to the event to determine locations for dumpsters.  Dumpsters will be placed at the identified locations on Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday, residents are to place small waste in the dumpsters and place furniture and large items next to the dumpsters.  On Monday following a BAN weekend, Sanitation will remove the dumpsters and piles of large items.  Any waste placed at the curb will be picked up on the normal trash day following the BAN weekend.

The Building Code Department will contact the event organizer two weeks prior to the event to identify vacant/abandoned lots that are in need of mowing.  This information will be given to the current mowing contractor to mow.  

The Street Department will drive the BAN area ahead of the date and identify any hazardous tree trimming to be done in the road right-of-way. They will contact the current tree contractor to trim those trees.  On Monday, the Street Department will sweep streets, fill pot holes and clean catch basin tops in the BAN area.


If you have questions, contact Gus Dria at 330-438-4647 or

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