Institutions of higher learning are now leading by example in environmental conservation. Orange Coast College abbreviated as OCC, a community college in Orange County, recently opened a new recycling center. The center is a significant improvement from the former recycling center. The new facility features a bigger parking lot and new showers. Also, it can manage to recycle a wider variety of recyclable materials. The center which was opened on 21 August was welcomed by the students and the community members. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/
The new center which has been in construction for over 15 months was completed courtesy of donations from well-wishing organizations. Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC), Measure M donated, and CR&R donated a combined $7 million towards the project. April Hampton, ASOCC Office Coordinator, stated that the students who had visited the facility when it was under construction had been impressed by the expanded facility. ASOCC is set to benefit from the center as it gives back to it.
The new OCC Recycling Center is said to receive more visitors than the former facility. According to Mike Carey, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at OCC, the witnessed growth stood at 25%. He expects more people to frequent the center soon after OCC is done with adverting about the facility in print, media, and inserts in utility bills. Carey affirms that facilities such as the increased parking slots are the reason more people visit the center. Carey further claims that the goal of the new recycling center was to create more revenue for student projects as well as encouraging members of the public to recycle materials.
The recycling facility constructed at OCC is capable of recycling plastic, paper, and used grease among other materials. The price of cans ranges between $0.05 and $0.10 depending on the weight of the can. Once the materials have been sorted and organized, they are transferred to new destinations where they are manufactured into new products.
OCC is a 70-year-old institution. The college has been on a mission to provide the best learning facilities for its students through upgrading infrastructure and adopting new technology. It is one of the biggest community colleges in Orange County that has a high rate of transfer of students to universities such as the University of California.