In 2009, the zoo gained a partner in the project - Girl Scouts of Western Washington. On Tuesday, Girl Scouts were back at the zoo to kick off this year’s drive, which continues through January 15. Brownie, Junior and Cadette scouts joined Americorps volunteers and zoo staff members to unload, sort and package light strands for recycling. The Scouts have also given a boost to the project by asking troop members and others in their communities to gather lights for recycling.
Last season, the zoo collected 5,277 pounds of light strands and earned $4,975. Pretty impressive!