Orange Coast College’s New Recycling Center

Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa, California, just opened a new recycling center. OCC was founded in 1947 from the decommissioned Santa Ana Air Force Base. Since then the 164 acre campus has been a leader in community colleges for the state. Offering classes year round to over 24, 000 students it has grown exponentially since its inception. Its previous 1-acre recycling center needed an upgrade to maintain and keep pace with the growing needs of the community. Learn more:

September 14, 2017 marked the start of a new era for OCC’s recycling program. A brand-new $7.5 million facility was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony after 16 months of construction. Funded by Measure M, a state Coast Community college bond, and CR&R Environmental Services whose founder and chief Clifford R. Ronnenberg has long held a belief of stewardship towards the environment and community.

The new facility now offers classrooms and office spaces, first aid center, men’s and women’s showers, and more parking, 45 new spaces. The administrative offices are powered by solar panels, and have eco-friendly solar-tubes for interior lighting. Officials are working on getting the building energy-efficient certifications.

Orange Coast College has had a recycling center in the same location for the last 45 years, providing jobs for students and a much needed recycling center for the community. The recycling plant is open to the public and accepts aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal, as well as most electronic waste: televisions, computer monitors, and fax machines. There is even a place to turn in household cooking oil, fluorescent lights, and household batteries. It does not accept larger automotive or marine batteries, motor oil, or hazardous materials and chemicals.

The new center is part of the larger OCC Vision 2020 project that will eventually encompass student housing, improvements for student needs, and a new planetarium to replace the original built in the 1950s. Learn more:

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