Aluminum never wears out; it can be recycled forever. Recycling a ton of aluminum saves energy equivalent to 2,350 gallons of gas, or the amount of electricity used in a typical house over a period of 10 years, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute.


Aluminum never wears out; it can be recycled forever. Recycling a ton of aluminum saves energy equivalent to 2,350 gallons of gas, or the amount of electricity used in a typical house over a period of 10 years, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute.

Local Girl Scouts are doing their part to save energy and keep cans from filling up the landfill or littering the environment. Working together, two Brownie Scout troops recycled half a ton of aluminum and were recognized on the national level for their efforts.

Troop 50270, led by Ashia Brown and Troop 50149, led by Mellisa Price took fifth place in the 2012 Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute.

A pair of Scout troops from Hutchinson took first and second places in the challenge.

In all, Girl Scout troops in Kansas collected 22,925 pounds of aluminum and Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland was the top recycling council in the nation.

The girls collect cans at a wire enclosure on the grounds of the Scout cabin, and once a year, they gather for a crushing adventure. Their contribution this past April was more than 50 50-pound bags, which were hauled to Hutchinson in a “goat trailer,” joining a line of cars, pickups and livestock trailers at Hutchinson’s Midwest Iron and Metal.

The enclosure is on site year round, providing a convenient place for Prattans to drop their cans. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism donates the cans from their break room and the American Legion Post also contributes, Brown said.

Besides supporting the Scouts’ mission to make the world a better place, can recycling provides funds for meeting supplies and activities.

In addition to recycling, the girls participate in crafts and wellness activities, and help the community. They have held a coat drive, donate to Toys for Tots and the food bank, and collect items to mail to deployed soldiers and to veterans in the hospital at Fort Dodge.

At a summer day camp at Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake, they learn about archery, fishing, canoeing and camping. Sleepovers and pizza parties are just for fun.