Orange Coast College Opens a Revolutionary Recycling Center

Orange Coast College (OCC) is one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Orange County as well as across America. The institution is known for its modernistic infrastructure and its up-to-date technology; the college affirmed this when it launched a new recycling center on August 21, 2017. The new facility has been under construction for over 15 months although the planning phase took over ten years. The facility was a costly undertaking, but support from Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC), Measure M, and CR&R amounting to $8 million made the facility reach completion promptly. Learn more:

The recycling center apart from its notably big size has other improvements. It is fitted with showers for workers to refresh themselves after work. Also, the facility has a huge parking space accommodating over 45 cars. In addition, the facility will be able to handle a variety of recyclable materials including plastic, paper, and used grease; an improvement from the old recycling center which was capable of recycling a limited number of materials. The facility acquires recyclable materials at different prices, for instance, cans are bought for $0.05 or $0.10 depending on the weight of the can.

Mike Carey, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at OCC, stated that he had noticed a 25% increase in the number visitors in the center. The number will soon increase if plans by OCC to embark on an aggressive awareness campaign, about the facility, materialize. Also, Carey said that the facility was not only meant to increase revenues for students’ projects but also be part of the college’s goal of environmental conservation.

The facility is working with other like-minded facilities to achieve its goal. Once the recyclables are sorted, they are taken to facilities in different parts of the country; Aluminum cans are shipped to Irwindale, glass is transported to Los Angeles, and plastic is taken to Perris. The recyclables are transformed into new materials in their different destinations.

OCC is passionate about providing the best learning environment for its learners. Along with the opening of the new recycling facility, the college commissioned new classrooms. OCC is on a path to being the best community college in the country. Learn more: