Volume 47, Number 6 - November 2, 2009


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North Campus student hold the aluminum ball.

Get the aluminum ball rolling

By Jeannie Rodriguez

Miami Dade North Campus is chasing a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest ball of recycled aluminum. 

During the “Get the Ball Rolling Initiative,” faculty, staff and students will collect aluminum materials throughout the campus to add to the ball shaped structure. North Campus professor and campaign leader, Diane Sloan, said she wants educate everyone on the issue of recycling.

According to the 2008 Environmental Protection Agency report, recycling one can of aluminum saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, three hours of computer usage, and two hours of TV.

“Because of this project, I’ve become very conscience of my waste products,” Sloan said. “Everywhere I look I see aluminum this, aluminum that and I think of the ball.”

The aluminum ball is part of North Campus’s Green Way Campaign to enhance awareness on recycling around campus and in the community. New recycling bins have been placed throughout the campus along with neon-green colored, drop-off boxes in high traffic areas.

“Look for the bins,” Sloan said. “Don’t throw anything in trash cans that can be recycled. It’s a commitment we have to make to the environment.”

Everyday the bins and boxes will be emptied and the aluminum materials are added to the structure. The ball will be located in the northwest corner of the 4000 building for public display. The project is scheduled to end Dec. 14.

All materials collected at the end of the campaign will be given to the Southeastern Recycling Corporation.

“There’s no reason why anything should end up in a trash can,” Sloan said.

 


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