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ScoutSweep LogoSweepin' the area. Keepin' it clean.

Thank you to those who came out and made our community a little cleaner this past Spring.

Join Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from around the W. D. Boyce Council in our spring community service project to make Cent ral Illinois the cleanest place on Earth! 

Do you think your town needs help picking up litter? You can make an impact there! This day of community service is an ideal opportunity for your Pack or Troop to give back to your Chartering Organization, the school or facility at which you host your meetings, or even your town square.

To help in this planning, and to encourage fellow community members to come out and assist, the volunteer Marketing Committee of the Council has developed material templates for the project. These include templates of posters, news releases, church bulletin blurbs, and City Council talking points. Additionally, the we compiled a list of newspaper, radio, and television contacts for many of the media outlets around the 14 counties of central Illinois. The final piece is a packet which provides a full explanation of ScoutSweep, how it started, and a full plan which will help create a fun, safe, and productive community clean-up day for the Scouts.


Let’s all help others in our community and make an impact; because helping others is what Scouts do!

Trash Facts

  • 1/3 of all garbage discarded by Americans is packaging.
  • In the U.S., yard trimmings and food scraps make up about ¼ of our waste stream.
  • Americans throw away about 10% of the food they buy at the supermarket.
  • An estimated 200 million gallons of used motor oil is improperly disposed of each year in the U.S. by being dumped on the ground, tossed in the trash (ending up in landfills), and poured down storm sewers and drains.
  • Over 500 million oil filters need to be disposed of each year.
  • In one year, 359 million magazines and 24 billion newspapers are published in the U.S.
  • In the U.S., it is estimated that an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays; 4 million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags.
  • The average American office worker goes through about 500 disposable cups every year.
  • Debris on roadways nationwide causes 25,000 accidents each year and more than 80 fatalities.

Recycling Facts

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.
  • During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  • There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can can be recycled.
  • We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.
  • To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
  • In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  • Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  • American throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
  • A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer if it's in the landfill.
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