Thursday, September 4, 2014
Largest wad of paper: Eco Experience breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA -- The World's Largest Wad of Paper is a visual representation of how much paper Minnesotans throw away in less than 30 seconds; the ball, which was on display at the Eco Experience of the Minnesota State Fair, weighs 426 pounds, is more than 9 feet high, and 32 feet around, setting the new world record for the Largest Wad of Paper,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: The official measurement of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency attempt to set the World Records for the largest wad of paper. This wad represents the amount of paper Minnesotans throw away every 30 seconds - paper that could be recycled. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the most paper collected in 24 hours at multiple venues is 210,025.97 kg (463,028 lb) and was achieved by Shred-it Denver (USA) in Denver, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people wearing paper crowns; it is 749 and was achieved by the Pangbourne Village Fete (UK) in Pangbourne, Berkshire, UK.
The World's Largest Wad of Paper is a visual representation of how much paper Minnesotans throw away in less than 30 seconds. The ball weighs 426 pounds, is more than 9 feet high, and 32 feet around.
The size of the megaball represents "what Minnesotans throw away every 30 seconds," said MPCA spokeswoman Pam McCurdy. "We throw away 1 billion pounds of paper every year. And that's just in Minnesota. It makes no sense."
Many Minnesota businesses rely on recycled paper for making a variety of products such as insulation, ceiling tiles, cardboard, milk cartons, juice boxes, and, of course, paper.
According to the American Forest and Paper Association, the U.S. paper recovery rate dropped slightly in 2013, to 63.5 percent. That's down from 65.1 percent in 2012. Minnesota's recovery rates are estimated to be similar. A little effort could net greater results, state officials hope, The Star Tribune reported.
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