After a little over a year, the recycling center of Orange Coast college has opened its doors to the public. It is a vast improvement to the old one, which managed to attract around 300 people a day. The new center, however, has already started attracting nearly 400 people a day. The goal of the center is to make more revenue for student projects as well as to encourage the public to recycle more often, according to Mike Carey, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator of Orange Coast College. One of the side benefits of making this facility bigger is that it can now handle more material and it also has more parking area, as many as 45 cars, to boot. Learn more: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/Pages/home.aspx
The three organizations that donated money for this project were the Associated Students of Orange Coast College which gave $1.5 million, Measure M which gave $ 5 million and CR&R gave $ 500,000. Other new amenities include showers as well as break rooms for employees. Which is a boon for students who work there, since they will be able to shower before going to class after their shifts. The recycling center has incentivized taking recyclable items by paying people who bring them things like used cans and plastic bottles.
Once all of the recycled items are sorted they are taken to their respective places to be used again. For glass items, it is shipped to Los Angeles, plastic is shipped to Perris and aluminum is taken to Irwindale. In short, the center has grown from a small outfit to a big one, that is earning its keep by providing the college with extra income. Last but not least, class rooms were also added to the building, which will be used to teach environmental studies, for the Spring semester.
Orange Coast College is one of the largest community colleges in the nation. It is located in Costa Mesa and it was founded in 1948. From its small origins of just a few hundred students, the college now boasts of nearly 25,000.
The number of programs has also grown exponentially with over 135 career and academic classes offered. The college also boasts of one of the best nautical programs in the country. Most of the students who attend this college, go on to Universities to get their Bachelor degrees.