It’s nearly time for new phone books to land on front porches and in business lobbies. Local Girl Scouts have a creative way for your old phone books to be re-used! Now through July 31, Girl Scouts will be collecting old phone books for Nestle Purina’s Project PetLitter. “Yesterday’s News” is pet litter made from recycled newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, and other paper. “This is a great, hands-on way for girls to connect with community members and to practice the ‘use resources wisely’ part of the Girl Scout Law,” says Jennifer M. Orban, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Girl Scout troops also benefit by receiving proceeds from Nestle Purina PetCare rewards for each book collected. Last year Girl Scouts collected more than 67,000 phonebooks and earned more than $3,000 in proceeds to use toward leadership activities and service projects.
The drop-off locations in Springfield include all Dillon’s grocery stores and the Girl Scout Administrative Service Center at 210 S. Ingram Mill Road. Area businesses may also call Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland toll-free at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a Girl Scout troop assigned to pick up old phonebooks.