In the second quarter of last year, Orange Coast College (0CC) embarked on an ambitious project that would transform the college’s recycling capacity, a new recycling center. The center commenced construction with donations from organizations such as Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC), Measure M and CR&R. The three contributed $1.5 million, $5 million, and $500,000 respectively. According to ASOCC Office Coordinator April Hampton, during the construction of the facility, many students visited the site and were excited at the prospects of having a bigger recycling center with improvements. Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Coast_College
The new recycling center has since been completed, and it became functional beginning on August 21, 2017. The center boasts of 37 new parking spaces and showers for workers to bath after work. Many people have also been awed by the vast size of the facility which according to Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Mike Carey can recycle more types of materials compared to the old recycling center.
Carey says that since the new facility began operations, there has been an increase in the number of people visiting the center; he quotes a 25% increase. Jerry Mckinzie, a Fountain Valley resident, frequents the facility because he gets between $20 and $40 every time he takes recyclable materials to OCC’s recycling center. Different materials attract different costs, for example; cans are bought for $0.05, and $0.10 depending on weight. Carrey believes that more people will begin using the facility once OCC creates awareness about the service through advertising.
Saul Madrigal, a student at OCC, represents the many students who are excited about the recycling center. Madrigal has had the privilege of working with both the old and the new center, and he appreciates the amenities inherent in the new center. For example, after work, he can take a shower before joining other students. Also, he has adequate parking space in case he wants to visit the center with a car.
OCC has sustained its goal to develop new infrastructure and adopt new technology. Recently, it opened a new planetarium and new classes. The college which admits over 25,000 students every semester is focused on providing the best learning facilities for the students.