The Buzz: Sad follow-up to recycling story – Appleton Post Crescent


Maureen Wallenfang


Appleton Post-Crescent

Published 12:43 PM EST Dec 3, 2019

Last week I ran a question from a reader on aluminum can recycling. 

The story has a sad follow-up.

Dee Desten emailed from Appleton Aluminum Recycling, the business at 300 N. Kensington Drive in Appleton. It closed a few years ago when her husband, Chuck, was too ill to work. 

“My husband Chuck passed away on October 22nd,” she wrote. 

“I am in the process of selling the business. The fellows that are interested in it plan on keeping it a recycling business.”

She said no timeline has been set for the business’ reopening. The phone service was reestablished this week. It had been out for several weeks after a hit-and-run driver hit a nearby power pole, she said.

The Golden Goat self-serve machine in front of the business was hit and damaged by a city bus nearly two years ago. 

“We are still waiting on a settlement for it,” she said.

Her husband, Charles “Chuck” Desten, had been battling cancer for five years.

According to his obituary, he was an entrepreneur in many fields who opened this recycling business in 1983. 

“Chuck was hard working his entire life and was a man with a humble heart,” it read. “He always had a smile on his face, he had an amazing soul and he always saw the good in everyone and everything.”

Contact reporter Maureen Wallenfang at 920-993-7116 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @wallenfang.

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