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Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council received the National Recycling Champion award in the third annual Great American Can RoundUp (GACR) Scout Council Challenge by recycling 32,199 lbs. of aluminum cans and generating more than $16,000 for scouting activities.

The top recycling troop of the 2014 GACR Scout Council Challenge, Troop 50244 from Hutchinson, Kansas, won $500, plus the value of the cans collected for recycling nearly 1,500 lbs. of aluminum per scout.

The GACR Scout Council Challenge, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute, is designed to create awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling cans. The challenge began on January 15, 2014, and ended on April 30, 2014. A total of 27 councils competed for top honors with more than 800 scouts from 56 troops participating in this year’s recycling challenge.

Second and third place troop recycling honors went to Girl Scout Troop 50028 from Kansas Heartland Council and Girl Scout Troop 9869 from Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Council. These top ranking troops recycled 976 and 363 lbs. per capita, respectively.  

The Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Council distinguished itself as GACR Reserve National Recycling Council Champions by recycling more than 3,460 lbs. of aluminum beverage cans and won $300.

Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News