Kansas Girl Scouts fare well in national recycling competition

By Jelani Yancey

The girls gave the boys a run for their money in this year’s Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge, an annual recycling contest for Boy and Girl Scouts across the country.

Girl Scout troops from Hutchison, Kan., took first and second place in the competition, which ended April 30. A Boy Scout troop from Illinois took third, ensuring that the Boy Scouts maintained a respectable showing. Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the Washington-based trade association for the nation’s can makers and suppliers, the Great American Can Roundup helps scouts raise funds for future activities and local charities.

A total of 28 troops from 21 states participated this year, recycling nearly 28,000 pounds or 961,240 aluminum cans. The national champion was Girl Scout Troop 50044 from Hutchison, Kan. Girl Scout Troop 50244, also from Hutchison, ranked second. Third place went to Boy Scout Troop 157, Cissna Park, Ill.

“We congratulate the winners and all the other troops and councils that participated,” said Robert Budway, president of CMI. “They should be really proud because their efforts not only helped protect the environment, but also raised money for local scouts and charities across the country.”

The first and second place Girl Scout troops are part of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council which overshadowed all other councils this year, collecting 22,925 pounds of aluminum (more than 81 percent of this year’s national total) in a one-day recycling extravaganza on Earth Day.  If measured at 50 cents a pound, the girls raised $11,462.50.

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