Orange Coast College Boosts Its Recycling Efforts with a New Recycling Facility.

After four decades of offering small-scale recycling facilities, Orange Coast College recently upgraded to a larger facility occupying five times the land the previous one did. The new recycling plant features offices, showers, expanded parking space for up to 45 vehicles for visitors, a meeting area, and other rooms. The $7 million-dollar facility that occupies five acres took one year, four months to construct. The center offers a place for people from cities all over southern California to drop off unwanted equipment and a wide range of materials such as aluminum tins, glass, paper and some plastic containers.


Visitors receive compensation on specific materials at a set rate. For each pound of HDPE plastic, for example, one gets 56 cents while a small beverage can attract a 5-cent reward. Despite accepting a wide range of items, the facility rejects old furniture, boat or car batteries, chemicals, paint and engine oil. Along with saving energy and keeping the area’s water and air clean, the facility offers a place for residents to take extra items and get a few dollars. The facility’s eco-friendly design combined with its recycling services goes a long way in conserving the environment and ensuring its sustainability.


Through funds from both the private and public-sector Orange Coast College was able to construct the facility that serves California, Colorado and Arizona residents. The bond from the government through measure M and contributions from CR&R Environment services were the primary sources of funding for the project. Various leaders including the mayor of Costa Mesa heaped praise on the Adams Avenue facility for the benefits offered to the environment and jobs created for residents.


Orange Coast College a community college situated in Costa Mesa, Southern California was established in 1947 after the area’s voters approved a ballot measure to have it founded. Officially opening its classes in 1948, the college now boasts of exceptional facilities, modern technology, 135 academic programs and the largest and most acclaimed public nautical program. The school is a member of the Coast Community District and ranks first among Orange County colleges regarding the number of students transferred to California State University systems. In addition to their academic programs, the campus has a vibrant sports program with baseball, basketball and athletics teams. Learn more: