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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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Empty, rinse, recycle your plastic, glass and metal containers.

Basically, if you recycle something that’s not rinsed and empty, other items get contaminated. This could ruin a whole truckload of recyclables with the whole load ending up in a landfill. Keep it simple. Empty, rinse, recycle your plastic, glass and metal containers.

Break down and flatten all cardboard.

Cardboard boxes that aren’t flat or broken down take up a lot of space in the recycling collection truck, which ultimately increases the number of pickups required. 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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Recycling Raccoon Squad here to wrap up Recycling Week. We want to give you a round of “appaws” for recycling, Michigan!

Carlos Cardboard here with a Recycling Week knowledge check! Did you know that tape, staples and labels can be left on cardboard boxes? Just break down your box before recycling it!

Recycling Week is in full swing, and Nyla’s here with more recycling tips: Plastic bags are not accepted in most curbside recycling programs. But don’t worry – you may be able to recycle them at local participating grocery or retail stores.

Gladys here to kick off Recycling Week! To help increase Michigan’s recycling rate, follow this recycling tip: Lids on glass containers should be removed so that they can be recycled in their respective streams, such as plastic or metal.

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