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May 18: Washtenaw County Clean-Up Day information

2019 Chelsea Clean Up Day Flyer (green font for time)

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jon Tulman, solid waste specialist, Washtenaw County Solid Waste Division for the information in this story.)

As you begin collecting stuff for the annual Washtenaw County Clean-Up Day, a few changes of note – beginning with a time change.

The event will take place at Chelsea High School beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. All vehicles in line prior to that time will be served, but after that, they will be turned away.

In addition, the suggested donation has increased to $15 this year following five years of no increases.

The aerial photograph shows the layout to assist customers in loading their trailers and vehicles in reverse order of unloading.

And remember, the Chelsea Athletic Boosters will be collecting scrap metal.

Below is data from last year’s event:

  • Customers served:  784, which is the largest of the five similar events held around the county
  • Pounds collected:  219,912
  • Average cost per vehicle served:  $54.87
  • Average donation per vehicle:  $4.35

This year, 40 percent of the suggested donations will be given back to the Chelsea High School Boosters Club. All donations will be collected at the check-in point, and not at the scrap metal box.

The tonnage of electronics collected in 2018 was 25-percent higher than what was collected in 2017.

After factoring in donations, the cost to run the event in 2018 was 37-percent higher than in 2017.

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