MCC Students Attempt World Recycling Record on Earth Day

(Bradenton, Fla., April 8, 2009) - In celebration of Earth Day, Manatee Community College (MCC) Earth Club member Shane Henry is spearheading a community-wide attempt to be recognized by Guinness World Records™ by counting the most plastic bottles in an eight-hour period.

The Earth Day event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.  The public is invited to bring recyclable plastic bottles to MCC's overflow parking lot on the north side of campus off 57th Ave. West.

Designed to raise community awareness about the importance of recycling to preserve the environment, the event will be held in collaboration with the Manatee County School District. Students in grades K - 12 are collecting plastic bottles at all local schools. Manatee County Utilities and Waste Pro will provide the bins to collect and haul the bottles.

"It's an opportunity to help the community become more environmentally conscious in their everyday lives. It's the little things that add up," Henry said.

The event has drawn support from MCC faculty, staff and President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, who has named sustainability as a top initiative for MCC.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, call science instructor and club adviser Jeff Laborda (941) 752-5339 or e-mail Shane Henry at Maps and directions are online at


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