Girl Scouts collect batteries, cell phones

Girl Scouts collect batteries, cell phones
Vermillion Girl Scouts will collect household batteries, rechargeable batteries and used cell phones so they can be recycled.

The Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council is coordinating the 2006 Recycling Drive in its 10-county area utilizing grants provided by the Siouxland Junior League (Mildred A. Anderson Fund), the Iowa Department of Transportation, and funds from American Water.

Last year 9,190 recyclable items were gathered by the Girls Scouts as a National Youth Service Day Project sponsored by the Walt Disney Company. The current year goal is 15,810 itens for a combined total of 25,000 recyclables collected for 2005 and 2006.

The scouts are excited at the prospect of impacting the environment by reducing items that might otherwise go into a landfill. Batteries are mailed to Northeast Lamp Recycling Center in Connecticut and cell phones are sent to EnviroSmart in Tennessee.

Batteries and cell phones may be dropped in containers located at the Vermillion Public Library and Vermillion schools now through May 26. For more information on the Girl Scout recycling program, contact Manda Van Kalsbeek at (800) 746-8947.

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