New facility increases parking, expands services
Orange Coast College's new and improved Recycling Center officially opened its doors on Thursday, Sept. 14.
A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in the yard between the Recycling Center's administrative offices and the Ronnenberg Center for Environmental Sustainability classrooms, and a reception followed inside the classrooms. There also was a plaque unveiling Center, and speeches were given by OCC President Dennis Harkins, Coast Community College District Board Trustee Lorraine Prinsky, and Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, among others.
The new Recycling Center expands on the popular community resource with the addition of two classrooms and increasing parking spaces from eight to 45 spots. The new center also includes men's and women's showers to encourage bicycle commuting, and provide student workers with an area to clean up.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, the increased square footage of the new recycling center allows OCC to expand on the services it offers to local residents.
"We now have enough space to possibly expand the types of materials we collect and expand the types of materials we pay for," said OCC Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Mike Carey. "The additional room also allows us to collect and store materials for a longer period of time and ship less frequently, thereby reducing the carbon footprint involved in transporting materials."
The Recycling Center's new administrative building are seeking LEED certification, which the College hopes to obtain by early next year. Power for the facility is generated with solar panels, and both the classrooms and administrative offices utilize eco-friendly building materials such as solar tubes.