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Say hello to the Recycling Raccoon Squad

Hey, neighbor! We are the Recycling Raccoon Squad. Our mission is to help Michigan recycle better, smarter, more efficiently and more adorably. (We’ll handle that last one if you want.) To accomplish our mission, we have created a clear set of simple rules for you to follow that will help you become the best of the best at recycling.

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Recycling Raccoon Squad

Rinse and empty all plastics, glass and metal containers.

Basically, if you recycle something that’s not rinsed and empty, you could get other items dirty on the way to the recycling center. This could ruin a whole truckload of recyclables – not just yours – with the whole load ending up in a landfill. The good news is recycling right is easy! Keep it simple. Keep it clean. Empty, rinse, recycle, repeat – for all plastic, glass and metal.

Break down and flatten all cardboard.

Cardboard boxes that aren’t flat or broken down take up a lot of space in a recycling container and in the recycling collection truck. Bulky boxes create voids and air spaces, which ultimately increase the number of pickups required and lower the efficiency of the recycling center. So, the rule is: Break down and flatten all cardboard.

Don’t put your recyclables in plastic bags.

Jamming all your recyclables into a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag is not cool. Most curbside recycling programs don’t accept plastic bags – whether by themselves or full of other recyclables. Even worse, the bags can get tangled in the machines at your local recycling center. So, be sure to put your recyclables loose in your cart or bin.


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New year, new rule! If you aren’t sure whether something is recyclable or not, just ask your local recycling provider. ♻️Keep up the pawsome work, Michigan! 🐾
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3...2...1… 🎉HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re so excited to scurry into 2021 with so many paw-some new plans to help Michiganders recycle. ♻️Here’s to a successful new year of more recycling and promoting the importance of recycling right! Are you ready?

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Don’t know what to do with all the holiday boxes and wrapping paper laying around? Recycle it! ♻️Cardboard boxes should be broken down before recycling and wrapping paper is A-OK to recycle as long as it doesn’t have shiny foil or glitter on it. – Carlos Cardboard 🐾

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