Orange Coast College Debuts New Recycling Center

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday as Orange Coast College debuted its new recycling center. At the northern edge of the Costa Mesa campus, the $7.5 million center is much bigger than the former center. Learn more:


The new center offers a conference room, offices, classrooms and 45 parking spaces. The old center only had eight parking spaces. The new center also accepts electronic waste such as computer monitors, televisions and fax machines, and it will continue to accept newspapers, plastic bottles, scrap metal and aluminum cans. However, the new recycling center does not accept furniture.


It took 16 months to build the facility, and designers made sure to make the building eco-friendly. The indoor lighting is made out of solar tubes and solar panels are used for the buildings administration office. Officials hope to obtain certifications for the building for energy efficiency.


Located in Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College is a sprawling campus that is just minutes from Southern California’s majestic beaches. The college began offering classes in 1948. OCC enrolls more than 25,000 students and is one of the largest community colleges in the United States.


The past several decades have seen many OCC students transfer to Southern California’s renowned universities. In Orange County, OCC ranks first among other community colleges for sending its students to California universities. The school offers more than 135 academic and degree programs, and it has state-of-the-art facilities with the latest technology. OCC is a fully-accredited community college and offers summer, fall and winter sessions.

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