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Lisa Allmendinger on April 3rd, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this column.) Hi, folks. Reggie has been hunkered down for the winter, but is back with more news. While he was gone, WWRA has made some changes. Reggie last wrote about the departure of Phil Bolyard, the […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 15th, 2016

At the Feb. 1 Chelsea City Council meeting, Peter Feeney was named as the new city representative on the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board and Melissa Johnson was named as the alternate. Jane Pacheco was chosen as the new Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority board member and Frank Hammer was chosen as the alternate. In addition, […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 10th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this column.) Reggie is accepting, with regrets, the retirement of Phil Bolyard, who for the past eight years has effectively managed the day-to-day operations at the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA). His last day was Dec. 15, […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 15th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) for the information in this column.) Reggie remembers how, in Alice in Wonderland (also known as Through the Looking Glass), Alice found herself in a place where up was down, yes meant no, and cats faded from view even as […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 8th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this column.) Reggie is sad to report that the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) advisory board has made the decision to ask residents to stop sending glass for recycling. No clear glass, no green glass, no wine […]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: ‘we are breaking glass’ at WWRA

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this column.) Nationally, there are two basic models for recycling business. One is a profit-driven corporate model, which is really vulnerable when the down cycles happen. In fact, some of the biggest names in the industry have […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 4th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this column.) One way of thinking about the waste stream is to realize that we—the consumers—are at the midpoint of the life cycle of every manufactured item we use. Think of an item’s life cycle as a […]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon Says: Managing the Waste Stream is a big job

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this story.) Last week, Reggie explained some of the non-controllable factors contributing to the down-cycle in recycling. In the category of things that can be controlled, there is the “big bin” factor. Big bins are the best […]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: Even in a down-cycle, we can all help if we think about what goes in the bins.

Lisa Allmendinger on September 6th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer and the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for the information in this story.) Like any celebrity figure, one never knows when or where Reggie will be sighted. Last week, Reggie was seen riding and merrily waving to his fans, on the back of the sparkling clean WWRA Recycling […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 23rd, 2015

Reggie loves it when readers care enough about recycling to respond with questions and comments. Last week, there were two responders—whoo hoo. More chances to discuss the details and facts of recycling, which educates all recyclers. That’s Reggie’s favorite thing to do. Both readers pointed out the perception of overall environmental costs for paper bags. […]

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