PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Girl Scouts of Maine are about to start earning "Sustainable Maine" patches for actions they take to help the planet.

The scouts are partnering with Natural Resources Council of Maine on the new patch. The scouts and the council say the patch will be awarded to Girl Scouts who take "personal actions toward a more sustainable future."

The scouts' goal this year is to increase awareness of the opportunity to safely recycle paint in Maine for free at nearly 100 drop-off locations around the state. The scouts say many residents of the state are unaware that paint recycling is available to them.