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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) Last week you learned a ditty:  “1 and 2 can live anew, 3 through 8 just don’t rate.” This works for bottles and containers, but for other plastic materials—not so much. You may find yourself asking, “What do I do with [...]

Continue reading about Reggie, the Recycling Raccoon asks: ‘So what do we do with other plastic materials?’

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information and the photos in this column.) If you have been reading this column each week from Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority, you know that Styrofoam and Polystyrene are trash, not recyclable materials. And you may recall that for Polystyrene, which is really non-foamy Styrofoam, you [...]

Continue reading about Reggie, the Recycling Raccoon asks: ‘What’s up with the other plastics?’

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) Styrofoam is cheap, infinitely moldable, lightweight and sturdy. It’s great for insulating houses and packaging fragile items, makes a sturdy tray for beverages and take-out containers for food. Most Styrofoam, true to the “foam” in its name, is made of “whipped” [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: ‘Styrofoam is good for packing, worthless for recycling’

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) Last week, we explained why people can’t recycle plastic bags and other flexible plastics, as well as the problems they cause for the recycling machinery at Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA). We also told you that you can get rid of [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says ‘There are other uses for plastic bags’

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) Plastic bags. We use them to hold our produce, bag our groceries, keep our bread fresh, protect our home-delivery newspapers, and cover our dry cleaning. Many people think plastic bags and other soft flexible plastics are recyclable.  And, there was a [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says ‘Plastic bags are trash and are not recyclable’

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this story.) Publisher’s message: Based on all the suggestions sent to me about WWRA, here is the first in a series of Sunday columns that I hope will answer reader questions. There seems to be some confusion about the mechanics of Chelsea’s solid [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon’s Royal Review: Trash Collection and Recycling are Two Very Different Animals

Lisa Allmendinger on January 18th, 2015

(Publisher’s note: Chelsea Update is a big supporter of recycling in Western Washtenaw County and would like to help WWRA stop the proliferation of trash in both the public recycling bins and residential containers. If you can think of ways that WWRA can better educate folks or have suggestions about deterrents, please send me an [...]

Continue reading about Trash has a $50,000 effect on WWRA’s budget

The Lima Township Board met on Monday, Jan. 12, and postponed a scheduled public hearing about the proposed Verizon wireless communications tower. The tower is planned to be erected at 11483 Jackson Road, but will be accessible off Lima Center Road, south of Jackson Road. Verizon has applied for a Special Land Use permit to [...]

Continue reading about Lima Township Board postpones Verizon wireless tower public hearing

Lisa Allmendinger on December 31st, 2014

The Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) reminds Chelsea residents that this week’s recyling pick-up will be Friday due to the New Year’s Day holiday falling on Thursday. Also, please do not include trash and other non recyclable materials in your co-mingled recycling container.

Continue reading about Chelsea recycling pick-up is Friday this week

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) The Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) has had a couple articles in the last weeks addressing the issue of trash in our recycling bins. It appears, for reasons that are not readily defined, that there are still people who think WWRA [...]

Continue reading about Commingled recycling does not include boots or food scraps, dog poop or soiled diapers