Girl Scouts use resources wisely with annual phonebook recycling project

Project PetLitterIt’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 to have a Girl Scout troop assigned to pick up old phonebooks.

About the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouting is about building strong leaders. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting is the premier leadership development organization for girls ages 5-17 in America. With 3.7 million members worldwide, Girl Scouts has a strong history of encouraging girls to become strong, confident young women. The Girl Scout Leadership Development Experience encourages girls to engage not just in traditional activities and service projects, but also in the process of leadership. Through hands-on opportunities, girls learn-by-doing in cooperative group settings and empowering individual explorations. Girl Scouting helps girls discover a strong sense of self, connect with others in a changing world, and take action to help make the world a better place.

About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland serves 20,000 girls in 68 counties, who are developing crucial life skills that help them grow courageous and strong so they can make wise choices in today’s world and beyond. To volunteer your time, make a donation, or join Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web at


5 thoughts on “Girl Scouts use resources wisely with annual phonebook recycling project

  1. Our contact at Nestle Purina said the Joplin area doesn’t get their phone books until the Fall, so we were going to launch the program up there in the fall. For more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764.

  2. I have a bunch of leftover phonebooks from last year’s delivery, probably 50 or so, if you could use them I would be happy to bring them to you.

  3. Is this program available in Morgan County or Sedalia or Jefferson City area?

  4. Unfortunately, the sponsoring business, Nestle Purina, does not serve the Jefferson City area so we are not able to offer the programs in that area. We’ve talked to them about trying to expand the area, but it’s not cost effective for them. Sorry for the bad news. :(

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