The Cardboard Camelot construction event starts at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 in the Ping Center.

Construction of Cardboard Camelot will start at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 in the Ping Center.

Photo courtesy of: OHIO Campus Recycling

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Another 2,000 cardboard boxes needed to break Guinness World Record

OHIO on track to build largest cardboard structure Nov. 7 to 9

Ohio University Campus Recycling’s world-record breaking attempt at creating the largest cardboard structure ever constructed is three weeks away, and 2,000 boxes are still needed from students, local businesses, and members of the Athens community in order to surpass the goal of collecting 15,000 boxes.

Thirteen thousand cardboard boxes have been collected, counted and tallied since the start of Move-In Weekend in which an estimated 26 tons were collected, but there’s more work to be done and volunteers, engineers, artists, and creative people everywhere are encouraged to get involved and help OHIO set two world records.

OHIO will compete to set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest sculpture and also the world’s largest cardboard castle at

Called Cardboard Camelot, the structure will shatter the current record of 12,301 held by Youth Making a Difference in Salt Lake City, Utah, which built the world’s largest cardboard fort in April. OHIO Recycling Manager Andrew Ladd is challenging Bobcats to break that record in November and make OHIO number one.

“We have had tremendous support from our students, but there is still a lot of work to do,” he said. “The purpose of the event is not just to break a record, but to educate about OHIO’s ongoing recycling efforts and our steps towards becoming a Zero Waste University. Also, OHIO Bobcats are awesome and reusing things is creative and fun.”

Campus Recycling has teamed up with Campus Recreation to recruit volunteers and host the event. Cardboard Camelot must be constructed within 54 hours from Nov. 7 to 9, which also coincides with Dad’s Weekend. An estimated 400 student volunteers are needed to transport boxes to the Ping Center, organize the event, rebuild boxes, design and assemble the castle, followed by deconstruction and recycling of the castle once complete.

Construction of Cardboard Camelot will start in the Ping Center at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and continue day and night through the weekend until it’s finished.

Boxes can be dropped off in appropriately marked cardboard bins located across campus. Those interested in volunteering should email Follow @BobcatsRecycle and @OUCampusRec on Twitter for updates.