Orange Coast College: New Recycling Center and more

Orange Coast College debuted its new recycling facility valued at $7.5 million dollars on September 14th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility is part of OCC’s Vision 2020 project to provide a sustainable campus with the addition of the recycling facility, student housing and a planetarium. The newly added recycling facility features multiple offices, classrooms and showers in addition to more parking space. The facility is located on the Costa Mesa campus’s northern edge and occupies roughly 5 acres of campus space. The recently constructed recycling administrative building features eco-friendly interior made of energy efficient materials. The purpose of OCC’s recycling center is to promote an environmentally conscious effort while accepting recyclable materials including aluminum, plastic, paper and various scrap metals. Additionally household appliances including televisions, fax machines, batteries, and light bulbs will be accepted at the center. OCC stated that items generally have to be of electric capacity as no furniture of any kind is accepted at the center. Learn more:


Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 in Costa Mesa on the Southern California coast. The ongoing mission of the junior college is to provide affordable education in skilled professions for students. Upon completion of the two-year undergraduate program, students generally matriculate into either a California State University or University of California campus. OCC has an average enrollment of over 25,000 students per semester, making it one of the nation’s largest community colleges and the third largest college in Orange County. OCC offers a variety of different academic programs for students to choose from including 135 different majors. Additionally, Orange Coast College has one of the top two-year college athletic departments in the state featuring 12 men’s athletic teams and 13 women’s teams. Learn more: