Orange Coast College Unveils State Of The Art Recycling Center

A recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Orange Coast College celebrated the opening of the college’s new recycling center. Built at a cost of $7.5 million, the recycling center occupies five acres of land, making it five times the size of the college’s previous recycling center. The facility, which took 16 months to build, comes equipped with classrooms, offices, showers for both sexes, a first aid facility, and a 45 unit parking lot.


Orange Coast College’s recycling efforts has been ongoing for over four decades now and has provided thousands of jobs for students in that time. The facility accepts aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspaper, and scrap metals. It also accepts non operational electronic equipment.


The new and improved recycling center will make use of green energy and comes complete with solar panels and solar tubes for indoor lighting. College officials are in preparations to apply for various energy saving certifications for the facility. Learn more:


Funding for the new facility came from a variety of sources. Two main sources of funding were Measure M., a community approved bond, and CR&R Environmental Services. The support received from CR&R Environmental services resulted in classrooms being named for the founder of the company Cliff Ronnenberg, as well as his wife Janet.


The expansion of the college’s recycling center is but one part of the college’s 2020 Vision which will also include new student housing facilities as well as a campus planetarium.


Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and is located in Costa Mesa California. OCC has grown into the country’s largest community colleges and enrolls over 25,000 students each semester. The college, which boasts of a 164 acre campus, features exceptional facilities and showcases the latest in technological advances. Learn more:


Orange Coast College offers over 135 educational programs, including the largest nautical program in the nation. Approximately half of the students that attend Orange Coast College are enrolled in one of the school’s Career And Technical Education program.