Orange Coast College’s new recycling facility

Thursday there was a ribbon cutting ceremony at Orange Coast College for their new $7.5 million dollar recycling center settled on 5 acres. A far cry from the original 1 acre lot, they have certainly made quite an upgrade.


Items you can recycle there are not limited to plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspapers, and scrap metal. You can also hand over your cooking oil, fluorescent light tubes, household batteries, fax machines, computer monitors, and televisions. They do not accept paint, used motor oil, chemicals, hazardous waste, furniture, and marine and auto batteries.


This recycling program is not new, in fact, it has been running for over 45 years drawing people from all over the region. It helps drive the local economy and has been a commitment from the college for the local community. The construction of the new facility took about 16 months and is finally finished. Funding for this project came from multiple sources including Coast Community College District bond (Measure M), which was voter approved and CR&R Environmental Services. They included eco-friendly materials in their design such as solar power and lights. The recycling facility includes 45 parking spaces, women’s and men’s showers, a first aid room, offices, classrooms, a conference room, and a cleaning area. The classrooms were named after CR&R Environmental Services Founder and Chief Executive Cliff and Janet Ronnenberg.


In 1947 Orange Coast College was founded in Costa Mesa, California. The community college opened its doors to its first classes in the fall of 1948. It is the third largest college in Orange county with a student enrollment of over 25,000 undergraduates. Their slogan “We’ll help you get there” is a sign of their dedication to their student’s educations and bright futures.


Orange Coast College is a whopping 164 acre campus just a few minutes from the beach. They offer over 135 academic and career programs for students to pick from. Orange Coast College offers two year art and science associate degrees, lower-division classes that easily transfer to other universities and college, and certificates of achievement. It has been recognized as one of the nation’s best and largest community college around.

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