Cadettes help keep Lititz green during Craft Show

By on August 15, 2018


Three Scouts from Troop 70243 (left to right) Payton Brown, Ann Barney, and Courtney Taylor, pose with their haul of recylables from Saturday. Missing from the photo are Scouts Helena Gennace and Sophie Gehman. (Submitted photo)

The Rotary Club of Lititz Craft Show is held during what is traditionally one of the hottest weekends of the year. It’s no surprise that ice cold water is one of the top sellers on craft show day.

However, what’s been missing during public events, particularly in Lititz Springs Park, was a recycling bin in which to place empty plastic bottles.

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 70243 noticed this issue in 2016 when they had a baked good sale in the park. According to leader Aimee Taylor, they noticed bottles everywhere, and felt they needed to do something about it.

After doing a little research, they learned that Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) has Clear Stream recycling containers like the ones pictured, to borrow. Those who use them most pay for the bags that attach to the containers.

Recycling bins, like this one, were placed throughout the Rotary Club of Lititz Craft Show for patrons to use. (Photos by Dennis Bicksler)

The afternoon before Craft Show, five members of the Troop placed 48 bins around the area where the craft show as to be held. Those same girls collected all the recyclables after the event was over. The bags were emptied into a bin procured by Lititz Springs Park superintendent Jerry McKonly.

It is yet unknown how many pounds of plastic were recycled by Craft Show patrons, but the bin was well over halfway filled.

The recycling project went a long way in fulfilling the Scouts’ qualifications towards obtaining their Silver Awards — which includes 50 hours of planning and executing a sustainable project. They may do it again for next year’s show, as well as for other large events held in or near the park.

Cadettes from Troop 70243 (left to right) Sophie Gehman, Payton Brown, Ann Barney, and Courtney Taylor, kept an eye on the 48 recycling bins they placed throughout the Lititz Craft Show.

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