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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) Long-time recyclers remember when recycling paper required several sortings—colored from white, no envelopes with windows, and never mix newsprint with better quality paper. Those days are over—now,  with the new single stream system, you do not have to separate any of [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: Recycle those papers and magazines, don’t waste them

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column.) It is a wonderful time of year when the buds start forming and the birds can be heard chirping.  Everyone is refreshed and dealing with clutter that built up over the winter and deciding to dispose of things that broke last [...]

Continue reading about Reggie Raccoon Says: Spring is arriving, it’s time for lots of recycling activity

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column,) Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) has two missions: the first is managing materials and finding buyers for them. The second is educating the community to increase the amount of recycling and to minimize the use of the non-recyclable products. This week, [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: Recycling is a product-driven market; you have the power to change the market

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Frank Hammer for the information in this column. If you have recycling questions or comments, please send them to lallmendinger@sbcglobal.net.) Below are the answers to some questions and comments sent recently. 1. A comment on repurposing plastic bags stated that sheet plastics like Visqueen should be recyclable and not [...]

Continue reading about Reggie the Recycling Raccoon says: ‘Let’s answer reader questions and comments’

(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