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Spotlighting America Recycles Day 2013

One city’s record-breaking event can’t be “topped”


2013 marked the first time Texarkana participated in Keep America Beautiful’ s America Recycles Day, and to help celebrate, Texarkana invited schools across the city to join together, donning recycled paper hats for their victory charge. The prize: A place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The title: The most people wearing paper hats at once.

The morning of the record attempt, 2,639 participants flooded the Four States Fairgrounds, all set to model their homemade headwear. Top hats, crowns, and fedoras were among the more creative pieces, but many sported the old standby boat-style hat.

Although their world-record success helped raise recycling awareness and educate the students on the importance of recycling, it had other benefits as well. “This community pulled together and pulled off a massive recycling event that put Texarkana on the global map,” said Brandy Chewning, recycling coordinator for Texarkana, Arkansas. It’s safe to say that America Recycles day was literally a record-breaking event in Texarkana, Arkansas! .

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