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9-foot tall paper ball sets world record, shows Minnesota how much recyclable paper it tosses

In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, from left, Wayne Gjerde, Nate Straka and Eric Nelson measure a ball of paper, at the Eco Experience building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said that Guinness World Records has confirmed it holds the record for largest ball of paper, measuring 9 feet 7 inches tall and 32.2 feet in circumference. (AP Photo/Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Scott Andre)

In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, from left, Wayne Gjerde, Nate Straka and Eric Nelson measure a ball of paper, at the Eco Experience building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said that Guinness World Records has confirmed it holds the record for largest ball of paper, measuring 9 feet 7 inches tall and 32.2 feet in circumference. (AP Photo/Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Scott Andre)  (The Associated Press)

A state agency in Minnesota is claiming the world record for largest ball of paper.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it the ball measures 9 feet 7 inches tall and 32.2 feet in circumference. The 426-pound ball was displayed at the Minnesota State Fair to show how much recyclable paper state residents throw away every 30 seconds.

But anyone who missed seeing the ball at the fair is out of luck: The agency recycled it, turning into cardboard for cereal boxes.

Spokeswoman Taylor Holland said Monday that the agency got confirmation last week from Guinness World Records.

There wasn't a previous record. But in keeping with Guinness guidelines, no adhesives or tape was used. The ball was built around a cardboard frame and held together with paper netting.