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Electronic waste drive Wednesday to help reduce, reuse, recycle

CHAMPLAIN - The members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 4262 are taking what they've learned about energy conservation and are spreading the word in the community.

Kenna Dumas, leader of the local Junior Girl Scout Troop based in the Champlain-Rouses Point area, said Troop members have been learning about energy from its different forms, how it can be used wisely and what can be done to conserve it.

"Through this, they've actually conducted an energy audit on a local business and suggested solutions for making the building more energy-efficient, wrote a letter to Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to ask the state Department of Education to conduct energy audits on all school buildings, and things like that," said Dumas.

The Scouts also developed a community service "Take Action Plan," said Dumas, which involves educating the public on electronic waste, also known as "E-waste."

When people have things such as old computers, broken or worn out electrical devices or surplus electronic equipment, they're faced with the decision as to what they should do with them, explained Dumas. And, the decision they make can be one that has a direct impact on the environment and the E-waste stream.

"The idea is to reduce, reuse and recycle, so we're not manufacturing a lot of unneccessary new products," said Dumas. "That saves energy and natural resources, creating less pollution. And, we're also not sending our E-waste to other places like China or countries in Africa ... so, actually, it's a global impact."

As part of their education on energy conservation, said Dumas, the Scouts have welcomed guest speakers to their meetings such as Jay Letts from Total Computer Supply in Plattsburgh and Janet McFetridge, a teacher at Northeastern Clinton Central School. Letts discussed E-waste and laws centered on recycling, explained Dumas, and McFetridge spoke about utilizing more recyclable materials and the harmful effects thing like plastic bags can have on the environment.

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