Chelsea recycling movement suffers setback

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The city of Chelsea’s quest for curbside recycling service has suffered a setback because of minimal interest in the service from the rest of the county.

Chelsea councilmember Juanita Champion said Waste Management, the company that would offer the recycling service, recently performed a survey to see if there was enough interest in the service from the entire county.

“Waste Management had said they would like to do it for the entire county. They did the survey to see if the market was there,” she said. “In the survey, 40 percent of their customers responded that they would like to have it.”

The company needed to have 50 percent to go ahead with the service. However, the company is now breaking down the survey to find out which areas of the county would be likely to pay for the service, Champion said.

“Of course, they’re looking at Chelsea, because we have really been pushing it,” she said.

The service would cost $5.06 per month.

Champion said Chelsea citizens still want the service, despite waiting a year for it.

“We have wanted it available to the city since a year ago,” she said. “I get a lot of calls from people that want to do it.”