Recycled Plastic Bench and Table Recognize EarthFest and Guinness World Record

(Bradenton, Fla., September 3, 2010) —A bench and picnic table made from 14,200 recycled milk jugs were donated to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) to recognize EarthFest, a student-led event hosted by SCF on April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

At the event, SCF set a Guinness World Record for collecting the most plastic bottles in an eight-hour period. EarthFest organizers and volunteers collected a total of 46,357 bottles that weighed 4,980 pounds, surpassing the previous world record of 657 pounds.

The bench and picnic table were donated by Recycled Plastic Factory, an Englewood-based company that serves the southeast United States, Florida and businesses nationwide.

EarthFest founder, SCF student Shane Henry, and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner accepted the bench and table, valued at $2,000, from Recycled Plastic Factory owner Cindy Googins and sales representative Faye Najar.

The eight-foot bench weighs 350 lbs. and is made from 4,200 milk jugs. The picnic table weighs 850 lbs. and is made from 10,000 milk jugs. A plaque commemorating the Guinness World Record will be added to the bench and table.

In addition to SCF as host, partners in EarthFest included Manatee County Utilities, Waste Pro Bradenton-Sarasota, Keep Manatee Beautiful Inc., IMG Academies and SCF Earth Club. EarthFest sponsors were Eco Technologies, Bradenton Herald, Bright House Networks, Gettel Toyota, SRQ Media Group, Comfort Suites, East West College of Natural Medicine and High Block Entertainment.

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SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner,  Recycled Plastic Factory
sales representative Faye Najar and owner Cindy Googins,
Shane Henry, EarthFest founder and SCF student.

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