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The New OCC’s Recycling Center to Impact the Economy of Costa Mesa According to Mayor Foley

Orange Coast College (OCC) prides itself on exceptional facilities and the latest in technology; true to its word, the college’s activities are tailored to achieving a modern campus. On Thursday, OCC commissioned an up-to-the-minute recycling center. The new center is a replacement of the 45-year-old one which was becoming less useful with the increase in the number of people who want to access recycling services. Learn more:

The modern recycling center was opened in the presence of Costa Mesa’s mayor; Katrina Foley, OCC president; Dennis Harkins, environmental and sustainability coordinator; Michael “Recycle” Carey, and other distinguished guests. Foley expects that the facility will contribute to the economy of Costa Mesa. Harkins believes that the new center is a sign of the college’s commitment to keeping the region clean. According to Carey, the new facility was too good to be true.

The expanded recycling center has been in construction for 16 months and cost the college over $7.5 million. However, the facelifted recycling center is worth every penny. The difference in space between the old and new facility is easily noticeable; while the old facility was located in less than an acre piece of land, the new recycling center sits on an expansive land with an ample parking room for cars. Students who form a large percentage of the workers in the facility now have a chance to shower after work. In case of any minor accidents in the center, victims can be attended to in the new center’s first aid room. Also, the new center accepts varied recyclable materials. The new amenities available in the new center surpass the primary goal of a recycling center.

Many well-wishers contributed towards the new recycling center. Measure M, Coast Community College District bond, and CR&R Environmental Services provided generously. The new classes present in the modern recycling center have been named after CR&R’s founder and CEO, Cliff Ronnenberg and his spouse Janet.

The new recycling center is a step towards the college’s Vision 2020. Other facilities that are part of the Vision 2020 are a modern planetarium and new hostels for students. The college admits over 25,000 students each semester. Learn more: