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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Collect 3280 lbs of Sneakers for Recycling

May 4, 2009

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Collect 3280 lbs of

Sneakers for Recycling


May 4, 2009 - As part of their mission to help "make the world a better place," Girl Scouts of Connecticut embarked on a state-wide Sneaker Collection Program this spring. Dedicated troops designed their own collection boxes that they put in meeting places, gyms, and business. Together, Girl Scouts of Connecticut collected 2624 pairs of sneakers. "We wanted our Girl Scouts to see the difference they could make when working together," said Linda Bresky, Outdoor Program Director and facilitator for the Sneaker Program. "This was an environmental program that Girl Scouts of all ages could participate in and work together to plan their collections." 


Through March and April, troops collected used sneakers and then dropped them off at designated Girl Scout program and service centers across the state. Troop 61588 from Shelton managed to collect an impressive 442 pairs of sneakers for the program. 12-year-old Katie said her troop all agreed that the Sneaker Program was a great idea and it was something new they could do to help the environment. "The worst part about the program was having to touch the sneakers," said Katie, "but the best part was knowing they were going to be recycled instead of sitting in a landfill."


The sneakers collected by Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be sent to be processed and turned into "grind" as part of the Nike Company's Reuse-A-Shoe program.  The grind is then used to create sports surfaces and other products. According to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe website, the 2624 pairs of sneakers collected by Girl Scouts of Connecticut is enough to supply the recycled material for one playground (outersole rubber), one outdoor tennis court (midsole foam), and one indoor wood basketball court (upper fabric).


"This program is a great example of how Girl Scouts discover the difference they can make, connect with other people in their communities, and take action to make the world a better place," said Bresky.






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