SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N – Girl Scouts Junior Troop 65031 of South Plainfield is seeking to make the community a little cleaner while also working toward earning their Bronze Award. 

Last month, the troop, which is comprised of eight fifth graders from Grant School and Holy Savior Academy, launched a ‘soft’ plastic collection drive.The troop is seeking to collect 500 pounds - i.e. about 40,500 plastic bags-as part of a recycling challenge sponsored by the composite decking company Trex. If the girls meet their goal, Trex will donate a high-performance composite bench, which Troop 65031 plans to donate to a borough park. 

Soft plastic items being collected include newspaper sleeves, wrappings from cases of water, bubble wrap, as well as grocery, bread, storage, cereal, and drying cleaning bags and more. 

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“These are items that residents no longer recycle and this is a good way to keep these materials out of the landfills and help the environment,” said Annemarie Aneses who, along with Amy Johnson, serves as leader of Troop 65031. “We hope other people in town will help us.”

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The Bronze Award focuses on what Girl Scouts can achieve in their community.To earn the Bronze Award, the girls must first complete a Journey, and then spend a minimum of 20 hours each,exploring their community, choosing and planning their project, and spreading the word.

In addition to the plastic collection drive, members of Troop 65031 will work to complete their award by sorting the plastic and removing paper wrappers. They also made fliers, bins, and videos to promote the initiative to friends and family, as well as the community.

“The girls came up with this project because they have expressed that they always see garbage at the parks and at the beach,” said Aneses. “This is a great way for them to make a small difference.”

Currently, collection bins are located at Holy Savior Academy and the South Plainfield Public Library.One will also be placed at borough hall.  Anyone looking to make a donation can also contact the troop’s co-leaders Annemarie Aneses at or Amy Johnson at

“As part of their Bronze Award, the girls are working with Trex and asking family, friends, and the community to donate their clean, dry plastic,” said Aneses. “By donating unwanted plastic materials to Trex, the girls are helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills.”

Troop 65031 includes Grant and Holy Savior fifth graders Allison, Annabelle, Ava, Corinne, Ella, Jocelyn, Kaitlyn, and Leiana.

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