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Michigan’s Next Heroes: The Recycling Raccoon Squad

Recycling Raccoon Squad

The nightime nuisance you may see rummage through your rubbish is now part of Michigan’s recycling campaign. Officials say they are using raccoon mascots to help increase recycling in the state. 

You’ve seen the Avengers take on aliens. You’ve watched the Justice League take on villians. Now it is time to for the Raccoon Recycling Squad take on Michigan’s recycling problem. 


The squad is made up of six raccoons meant to teach people about the proper way to recycle glass, plastic, cardboard, paper, metal, and other items.


The raccoons are part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s recycling campaign. 


EGLE spokesperson, Jill Greenberg, said the initiative is meant to increase Michigan’s recycling rate.


“Michigan’s recycling rate is 15% which is the lowest in the Great Lakes region and amongst the lowest in the Nation. What we are hoping to do with this campaign is to double that rate to 30% by 2025.”

Greenberg said the raccoons teach people what can and cannot be recycled. She said the animals will help make it easier for people to recycle the right materials.


The Recycling Raccoon Squad is made up of six recycling experts, Gladys Glass, Paper Mackay, Nyla P. Lastic, Carlos Cardboard, Precious Metale, and Frank (who works with other types of recyclables). 


If you want to learn more about the Recycling Raccoon Squad, click here.