The Squad

Meet Michigan's Recycling Experts

We are the Recycling Raccoon Squad – a highly motivated band of masked recycling experts who are going to help Michigan recycle better. In fact, we're hoping to help Michigan reclaim its title as the greatest recycling state in the entire country. (It's true, we used to be No. 1. We want to help get that back.) So, how is a little, fur-covered raccoon squad going to do that? Easy. For one, we know garbage – we raccoons have been knocking over your garbage cans and rooting around in there for hundreds of years. Trust us, we know what you should be throwing out and what you should be recycling. It's in our DNA.

Recycling Raccoon Squad

GLADYS GLASS

Glass Specialist

Sophisticated, meticulous, the unofficial leader of the squad. Loves the squeak and sparkle of clean glass. Collects blue glass for flashy art projects. Tries very hard to never break glass while knocking over garbage cans in search of a snack.

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PAPER MACKAY

Paper Aficionado

Soft-spoken, well-read, looks great in plaid. Weeps a little when he plays the ancestral music of his homeland on his recycled paper bagpipes. While rummaging through neighborhood trash, he has found haggis only once.

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NYLA P. LASTIC

Plastics Expert

Strong, resilient and a natural teacher. The youngest member of the squad – wise beyond her years. Prefers polymers. Loves yogurt.

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Carlos Cardboard

Cardboard Connoisseur

Intellectual, fastidious, obsessed with flattening. Builds complex architectural structures out of paperboard used for refrigerated food packaging. Has a bow tie for every day of the week. Favorite quote: "Flattery will get you nowhere but flattening will."

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PRECIOUS METALE

Metal Maestro

Sharp, dependable, wildly talented drummer of tin can drum sets. A neat freak. Lives in a two-bedroom hole-with-a-view in a vintage willow tree downtown. Favorite band: The Trashmen.

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FRANK

Authority of "Other"

The expert in the "Other" category – things that don't fit in the plastic, glass, metal, paper or cardboard category. Frank specializes in batteries, rope, paint, clothes, mattresses and many other things. He is categorically nonspecific yet exceptionally open-minded. Celebrates "Other's Day." Collector of oddities and antiques found while trash-picking. Favorite thing to say: "I'm not like the others – I love the others."

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Join the Squad!

Help Michigan become a leader in recycling again. Join the squad today. You don't need to be a raccoon – you just need to sign up!

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