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Council places second in national recycling challenge


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Kansas Girl Scouts recycled nearly 21,000 pounds of aluminum cans to earn the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council second place in a national recycling challenge, which also recognized two Girl Scout troops from Hutchinson for their outstanding recycling efforts.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland came in second among 22 Boy and Girl Scout councils across the country that competed Jan. 15 - April 30 in the Great American Can Roundup-Scout Council Challenge, which is sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute.

Hutchinson Girl Scout troops 50028 and 50244 recycled nearly 20,000 pounds of aluminum cans -- about 833 pounds of aluminum per Girl Scout -- to earn second and third place recycling honors out of 38 troops and 700 Scouts nationwide. Girl Scouts in Reno County have coordinated an annual community can drive for more than a decade, partnering with MidWest Iron & Metal in Hutchinson and rallying the community to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling.

The Hutchinson Girl Scouts' community can drive was April 18 this year in conjunction with Earth Day, and the community's longtime support helped Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland win the national challenge for three years in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

"Once again, our girls have done an amazing job collecting aluminum cans during the annual drive," said Liz Workman, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. "They understand the importance of recycling to our environment and have raised the awareness of an entire community through their efforts. We couldn't be prouder of their year-round environmental stewardship."