From: Shawn Personke
Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) will partner with the DART Container Corporation and community volunteers to host a #6 foam recycling weekend on June 4, 5, and 6, 2021.
DART will deliver a trailer to the WWRA Chelsea/Manchester Road bin site. Staff and volunteers will be onsite to help collect and sort items brought in by community members during collection hours.
Marc Williams, WWRA facility manager, is glad to be bringing this opportunity to the community.
"Western Washtenaw residents are great recyclers. People want to recycle as much as they can, so when this opportunity came along, we decided to see how we could make it happen.”
Chelsea residents Bill and Glenna Jo Christen are volunteering to help with the project. Over the past 2 years, the Christens have collected foam from friends, family and neighbors, stored it in their garage, and then delivered it to the DART facility in Mason.
“Glenna Jo and I are very happy to see the foam recycling process being shared with the Chelsea area community,” said Bill Christen.
If this collection goes well, the WWRA hopes to add more collection dates.
DART Container makes food and beverage packaging items and actively collects and promotes foam recycling opportunities throughout the country. After recycling #6 foam, DART sells it to “manufacturers of picture frames, interior molding, pens, rulers and foam packaging,” according to their website. Additionally, they recycle the paper scrap from their line of insulated cups, creating foodservice products made of recycled, recyclable and compostable or renewable materials.
Community recyclers need to know that only EPS #6 foam is acceptable. Examples of acceptable #6 include egg cartons, meat trays, some food take-out containers, medical coolers, and block furniture and electronic packaging.
Items not accepted are building insulation boards and packing peanuts. Packing peanuts can be taken to Recycle Ann Arbor on Ellsworth.
The Christens and other WWRA volunteers will be onsite during collection hours to answer questions and help review foam items. Hours for the event are Friday, June 4, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Christen likes to remind people of what Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace, said. “There is no such thing as 'away.’ When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
“We have seen the enthusiasm grow among the people who faithfully bring their foam to us for recycling,” said Christian. “We feel that with the support of Dart and WWRA more foam products can ‘go somewhere’ that will do less harm to our community.”
Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) is a not-for-profit partnership of and subsidized by five municipalities (Townships of Dexter, Lyndon, Manchester and Lima, and the City of Chelsea) working together to find alternative ways to handle waste and promote reducing, reusing, and recycling. The townships are served by convenient drop-off centers while the City of Chelsea has weekly curbside recycling pick up. For more information, visit www.WWRArecycles.org.
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This awesome Dexter swimmer is making things happen.
The 100 backstroke and 200 Medley relay are my favorite events,” Witte said.” I plan to attend the University of Maine and study nursing, while swimming for the Black Bears. My long term goal is to attend grad school and become a nurse anesthetist.”
Her favorite event is swimming relays with her teammates. “It's fun and exciting to all come together and see how fast we can swim for the team.”
Favorite coaches: Coach Dave Gendernalik of DCAC, Coach Cory Bergen and Coach Murphy Hanson of Dexter High School.
“I have been fortunate to have many great teachers throughout the years,” she said. “I have to mention Mrs. Ruth Hamilton who I have been lucky enough to have a class with almost every year (Biology, IB Bio, Advanced Biochemistry/Forensic Science) . She makes science exciting and fun! And I can't forget my favorite third grade teacher Ms. Suomala. She taught me many life lessons, and made learning so fun that I could not wait to go to school every day. She also had cool classroom pets.”
Favorite class: “I really enjoyed Psychology and Anatomy,” she said.
Parents/sibling: “Wade Witte and Trudy Zedaker-Witte are my parents. I have an older sister Kaylee (who also swam for DHS) and a younger sister Lily who swims and dives for DHS (10th grade).”
Age started swimming: “Four years old (almost 5) at DCAC. My first DCAC swim and dive meet was on my fifth birthday.”
Why did you chose Maine for college: “Maine has a wide variety of programs and opportunities. They have a great and very successful nursing program with a very high first time pass rate for the Nursing exam,” she said. I was also able to gain admittance to their Direct Admit Nursing Program, which means I don't have to worry about competing for a spot in their nursing school (not all nursing schools have a direct admit program). Some other schools that I was looking at to swim did not support swimming for the team and majoring in nursing--I was told I would have had to change my major, which I wasn't interested in doing. However, Maine has several nursing students on the swim and dive team and the coaches are very supportive. I also get the opportunity to swim D1 at a larger university with a beautiful campus. I can't wait to explore what Maine has to offer!”
“Lauren found Maine all by herself. She spent a lot of time last Spring searching for schools that she was fast enough to swim at and had a good nursing program and hit upon Maine. She is happy and excited and we are happy for her. I just wish it was a little closer to home,” stated Lauren’s mom, Trudy Zedaker-Witte.
Advice for young swimmers is strong. “Always try your hardest and do your best you never know where it will get you.”