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ECR Director Moves On After Three Decades

Posted on January 17th, 2019
Elisa Seltzer in front of the Pleasantview Road Facility

Elisa Seltzer, Recycling Rock Star

From ECR’s January 17, 2019 Media Release

“We always recycle! We love what you do! Thank you for doing such a great job!” The staff of Emmet County Recycling (ECR) hears this kind of thing every day and much of that sentiment can be credited to Elisa Seltzer, longtime director of the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW).

Seltzer, who spearheaded the development of ECR into the locally-popular and nationally-prominent program it is today, is moving on after three decades. She leaves a legacy of solid programs and many new developments in the works.

Seltzer’s accomplishments serve every Emmet County resident and business nearly every day. Over 80 percent of county households recycle their paper, cardboard and containers. Garbage disposed in the county flows through the Solid Waste Transfer Station which she has overseen since 1990. Her accomplishments reach far beyond Emmet County though.

Emmet County Recycling’s program has had a profound impact on recycling throughout the “tip-of-the-mitt” region. The popularity and growth of the program provided leaders in neighboring counties with a thriving example of rural recycling. ECR’s materials recovery facility (MRF) processes and markets recyclables from Cheboygan, Otsego and Presque Isle counties under


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