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Junk Raiders is a 2009 Canadian reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel. The series follows a team of seven professionals, the titular Junk Raiders, as they attempt to renovate an old steel factory in downtown Toronto and turn it into a high-end loft in one month with on a $5000 budget. Because of the extremely limited budget (quoted at $300,000 if done conventionally), many of the materials needed must be found by freecycling: finding something unwanted for free and reusing it.
For the production of the series, the team had commissioned a "junk hotline", urging Torontonians to donate any garbage that they could use. In addition, as looking through other peoples' trash is illegal in Toronto, the show also has a special exemption that allows the team to do just that.
The team consists of seven people, for which there are two freecyclers and five "wasters":
* Anthony D'Arcy is a real estate agent by day and freecycler by night. He is into freecycling largely because of his desire to avoid paying for anything. He is an accomplished amateur renovator, having used the freecycling philosophy to renovate his whole house.
* Jean-Marc Haddad is the team's technical expert. He is the owner of an electronics store, and his Coburg, Ontario business thrives due to the planned obsolescence that is prevalent in the industry.
* Michelle Mawby is the team's interior designer. In her world, she rips out perfectly good interiors for perfectly new interiors. It's a business that she admits is wasteful, but she does little to combat the trend.
* Cam Pikul is the team's builder. He has built and renovated many restaurants in and around Toronto, and he cares little for garbage - as long as his projects are on budget and are of high quality, waste is not an issue.
* Gordie Warnoff is a pro salvager and a carpenter by trade. To him, freecycling is a way of life: he freecycles because others waste. He also is a freegan, finding and eating good food that has been disposed.
* Ross Werry is the team's labourer. The only member of the team not from Ontario, he plies his trade as a garbage collector at Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary. His skills in collecting garbage is second to none, and he joins the team to take something out of the garbage instead of hauling it away.
* Geoff Woodmansey is the team's general contractor, and is credited as the host of the series. He has been in the trades for over 25 years, working in some of Toronto's most exclusive neighborhoods. Making waste is not an issue for him - in the previous year he estimated that he threw out 135 tons of garbage - and that doesn't include the garbage from Canada's Worst Handyman 3 and Canada's Worst Handyman 4, where he was one of the experts.
The team must also answer to Ron Smith, the landlord of their building site.