Orange Coast College (OCC) commissioned an upgraded recycling center on September 14, 2017. The new recycling center is a milestone in the recycling ability of the college as well as that of Costa Mesa. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Costa Mesa’s Mayor Katrina Foley, OCC’s President Dennis Harkins, OCC’s Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator Michael Carey, members of the teaching fraternity, students, and other esteemed visitors.
With over 16 months of construction, the new facility is better than the old recycling center in all aspects. First, the new recycling center is located on five acres of land compared with the old center with sits on less than one acre of land. In addition to improved recycling capacity and ability, the new facility has classrooms, offices, a conference hall, a first aid section, a cleaning room, and showers for both genders to boot. Drivers visiting the new center now enjoy over 45 parking spaces. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html
The modern recycling center accepts an array of materials. Some of the materials received at the center include electronic waste (computers, cell phones, etc.), kitchen waste such as cooking oil, and other materials. However, the center stays away from trash furniture, waste batteries such as those used by automobiles, waste motor oil, paint, and any dangerous chemicals. The modern facility will continue OCC’s recycling culture that has been alive for over 45 years.
Many guests spoke during the opening of the new facility, and they all had positive things to say about OCC and the recycling center. Harkins believes that the new recycling center is a symbol of OCC’s commitment to keep the region clean and provide jobs. On the other hand, Foley believes that the new center is capable of changing the economic prospects of the city. Carey expressed disbelief for the state of the art recycling center.
OCC is the third most populous community college in Orange County. However, it is committed to providing a conducive learning environment that is characterized by modern infrastructure and new technology. Apart from the new recycling center, OCC is developing new student housing, and a soon to be completed planetarium to replace an old one. Learn more: http://www.occsailing.com/