Chelsea State Bank ad

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

Reggie the Recycling Raccoon.
Reggie the Recycling Raccoon.

(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 year.

Ah, classic spring cleaning.

When you tackle that mudroom or garage, please send the recyclables to WWRA. But also please be respectful, and send trash to the dump. Reggie will be exploring some of the ins and outs of materials during the next few weeks, or you can always call WWRA at 475-6160, or check out our website.

Another spring activity is moving, whether locally or out of town. If you live in the city, you received a free curbside recycling container, which belongs to your home, not to you.  Please safeguard it from movers, who tend to pack anything in sight.

Courtesy photo. Baling twine that wound up in the recycling and caused quite a problem with the equipment.
Courtesy photo. Baling twine that’s been winding up in the recycling stream recently has caused quite a problem with the equipment.

If you are moving, you might think to use it to transport stuff to your new place.  If you do use it, be kind enough to return it to your old place and its new residents. WWRA purchases these in bulk about once a year, in the fall, and if you need a new one at your new home, call and get your name on the list.

They are a big cost item, but WWRA makes one free container available to each dwelling. However, new owners may have to wait a year or more, if you take their container. Reggie also  reminds folks that curbside recycling can still be done with other containers.

If you have old furniture or other large household items you are not taking with you, they should either be donated to charity or taken to the transfer station.  Please do not leave them at WWRA bins as we are not set up to effectively manage these items.

In addition, a large amount of used baling twine has been dumped into the recycling bins during the last six weeks. WWRA cannot recycle this material. In fact, it tangles in the equipment and removing it took a long time and many man hours. Please remember, if it is flexible, it cannot be recycled.

Below is a list of things to donate or trash.

  • Tires, rubber garden hoses and foam rubber (including cushions and mattresses)
  • Couches, chairs, beds, wooden cabinets, sinks, toilets and construction waste
  • Stoves, refrigerators, microwaves or any other appliance
  • Visqueen, bubble wrap, pool covers or any other soft flexible plastics
  • Light bulbs of any kind
  • Bags made with plastic liners
  • Heavy waxed cardboard boxes from meat or fruit
  • Toxic chemicals or paint
  • Electronic equipment

If you can wait until early May, Reggie plans to help WWRA coordinate a community Spring clean-up day, when you can deliver these things for proper disposal. In the meantime, you can always take them to the transfer station at 8027 Werkner Road.

Reggie Raccoon’s Royal Recycling Review:

  •   Recycling puts materials back into use; trash is for things that cannot be used again.
  •   Flexible plastic of all kinds go in the trash, not in the recycling bins.
  •   Styrofoam and Polystyrene are good for packaging, but have to go to the trash.
  •   Plastics 1 and 2 can live anew, but 3 to 8 just don’t rate.
  •   Most other plastics are recyclable—but never foam rubber, garden hoses, or flexibles.
  •   Be a recycling consumer. Let businesses know you want recyclable containers and thank those establishments that provide them.
  • Baling twine is not recyclable nor is any other flexible plastic.
  • A good spring cleaning requires responsible decisions: Recycle all you can, throw or donate the rest.

Reggie Re-lert:

All plastic bags can now go back to their source — participating grocery stores.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

More News

Feb. 17-19: Chelsea Area Players Dessert/Comedy Theater Presents ‘If the Shoe Fits’

January 28, 2023

Chelsea Kiwanis Club/One World One Family MLK Jr. Day Youth Essay Contest Winners

January 28, 2023

Save the Date: Chelsea Lacrosse Fundraiser ‘Comedy and Cocktails’ March 11

January 28, 2023

No-Cost Diabetes PATH Virtual Workshops Start in February, March

January 28, 2023

Chelsea Planning Commission OK’s Amendments to Heritage Farms PUD Area Plan

January 27, 2023

Chelsea City Notice: Synopsis of Jan. 9 City Council Meeting

January 27, 2023

Sunday Brunch Returning to the Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center

January 27, 2023

Consumer Alert: New T-Mobile Data Breach

January 27, 2023

State Treasurer: Individual Income Tax Filing Season Underway

January 27, 2023

Recent Obituary: Lois Ellena Thurston

January 27, 2023

Chelsea Board of Education Commends Brad Bush; Needs Bus Drivers

January 26, 2023

Jan. 31: Western Washtenaw County Service Center Input Session in Chelsea

January 26, 2023

Feb. 3-5: American Legion Post 31 Annual Winter Carnival

January 26, 2023

Feb. 8: Malorie Evans to Speak to the Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club

January 26, 2023

Recent Crime: Identity Theft, Traffic Stop Leads to Warrant Arrest

January 26, 2023

Feb. 2: The Great British Baking Tour from Chelsea Library

January 26, 2023

Feb. 4: Grand Opening of ‘The Fourth Grade Project’ at Chelsea District LIbrary

January 25, 2023

In Photos by Burrill Strong: Chelsea Hockey

January 25, 2023

Chelsea Police Department December Report

January 25, 2023

Best Practices for ‘Stress-Free’ Snowy Owl Viewing

January 25, 2023

Jan. 29: ‘Animal Tracks’ Program at the Discovery Center

January 25, 2023