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10,000 Bags Or Bust - Girl Scouts On Quest To Turn Plastic Bags Into New Park Bench

Junior Troop 715 "Gets Moving" By Getting Plastic Bags Out Of The Landfill
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    GLENSIDE, PA, December 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The 2nd year GSEP scouts of Junior Girl Scout Troop 715 are earning their "Get Moving" Journey badge set. Their final project will be a plastic bag drive. The community is requested to bring clean and dry plastic bags to the Junior Girl Scout Troop 715 booth at the Glenside Farmer's Market Craft Fair on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The fair is being held on the grounds of New Life Glenside Church (467 N. Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038) at the corner of Easton and Jenkintown Roads. The collection will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There are nine 2nd year Junior Scouts on this journey: Sebria Bartley, Francesca Bria, Olivia Greco, Hannah Hillig, Dalaya Richardson, Kayla Ruff, Imani Sanders, Autumn Slater and Emily Steinberg. These ambitious scouts are hoping to get the word out for a successful plastic bag drive to meet their goal of collecting 10,000 bags so that a new park bench can be created from the recycled plastic. They are distributing flyers and placing receiving bins at their schools to encourage classmate participation. They will also talk to their immediate neighbors and members of other clubs and organizations of which they are members.

The scouts hope to educate their community on the #1 contaminant to the curbside recycling program: plastic bags and plastic film. Kayla Ruff made the suggestion during their brainstorming meeting in October and the idea quickly took shape. Many consumers are under the misnomer that they can place these plastic bags into their curbside bins to be recycled. This act causes the recycling process to slow down as workers are forced to rip open the bag and throw it onto the landfill pile. Any plastic bags in the curbside bins end up in the landfill - and stay there for a very, very long time.

The scouts learned that these bags can be recycled into new plastic bags, but they must be returned to receptacles that accept them. By educating the community through this plastic bag drive, the scouts hope to encourage less use of plastic bags, reduce the volume of plastic bags that end up in the landfill, and increase the recycling of plastic bags.

The three-part "Get Moving" Journey badge set is comprised of these components: Energize, Investigate, and Innovate. For the Energize and Investigate requirements, the troop made their own energy pledge, investigated energy usage in buildings, toured Pioneer Crossing Landfill in Birdsboro, PA, made paper at Historic Rittenhouse Square, recycled paper into beads for SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere), created homemade gifts with reusable wrappings, and researched energy issues in the community. The community plastic bag drive will fulfill the final requirement for the Innovate portion of their badge set. The scouts hope to receive their "Get Moving" Journey badge set at the Awards Ceremony being held at their meeting location on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

The public can help the troop with their quest to create a park bench from recycled plastic while also earning this badge set by bringing plastic bags to their booth on Saturday, December 7.

For a list of local businesses that accept plastic or for more specific information regarding the types of plastic bags that are acceptable, visit

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is the largest girl-serving organization in Pennsylvania and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSEP serves 41,000 girls in partnership with 15,000 volunteers in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties. Today, 80 percent of women in leadership and executive roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts. Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress. For further information about Girl Scouting, how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 215-564-4657 or visit

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Elizabeth Hillig
Junior Girl Scout Troop 715

Glenside, PA
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