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North Campus to Unveil World’s Largest Recycled Aluminum Ball

World's Largest Recycled Aluminum Ball

Miami, December 7, 2009 - At Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus, recycling is taking a new shape. On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 12:45 p.m., students will finalize their attempt at creating the world’s largest recycled aluminum ball, which they hope will earn a Guinness World Record. More than recognition, though, students and faculty involved in the Get the Ball Rolling initiative are seeking to promote the importance of recycling.

On Dec. 10, students will fill the ball with all of the recycled cans and foil they have been collecting for the past five weeks throughout the campus and community. Southern Recycle Company will be on hand with a truck to take the ball away. After filling the eight-foot ball, the students will attempt to roll it over to the truck in order for the used aluminum to be recycled all over again.

MDC North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente and Southeastern Recycle Company CEO John Szkolnik will speak on the importance of recycling.

Get the Ball Rolling is a two-year initiative as a part of the campus’ GreenWay  Campaign. The major focus of the campaign is to promote awareness of recycling and how recycling creates a greener and more sustainable planet. 

In 2010, the North Campus will continue the initiative, calling it Keep the Ball Rolling. Students will work on building the world’s largest recycled plastic ball. It will become a traveling exhibition to be featured at all eight MDC campuses throughout the county. This way, the entire community will have an opportunity to see it grow and understand the tremendous impact recycling can make. 

The event will take place at the North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., Building 4000 breezeway.

For more information about the project, please call Professor Diane Sloan at 305-237-1869, or

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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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