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Enormous paper wad part of Minnesota State Fair exhibit

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People in Minnesota throw away 1 billion pounds of recyclable paper each year, according to Minnesota Pollution Control. (Source: WCCO/CBS) People in Minnesota throw away 1 billion pounds of recyclable paper each year, according to Minnesota Pollution Control. (Source: WCCO/CBS)

FALCON HEIGHTS, MN (WCCO/CBS) - For many, the Minnesota State Fair is a time to gorge on deep-fried foods or take a spin on thrilling rides, but it's also a good time to get exposure to environmental issues.

The Eco Experience features what is possibly the world's largest wad of paper, which represents how much recyclable paper people in Minnesota throw out every 30 seconds.

"Yearly, we throw away 1 billion pounds of paper," Pam McCurdy of Minnesota Pollution Control said. "When you throw your paper away, it's a waste. Because we have 13 companies in Minnesota that are actually quite large that take your recycled paper and use it to make other products."

The Guinness Book of World Records has been contacted about the sizable lump of pulp to get it certified and official.

Another Eco Experience feature this year is a bike simulator meant to encourage people to use alternate means of commuting.

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