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Orange Coast College Recycling Center will re-open in May after year-long pandemic closure

Following more than a year of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Coast College’s Recycling Center is set to reopen on Tuesday, May 4. The Center will be operating with modified business hours and procedures in order to ensure safety for both employees and visitors.

The Recycling Center will be open from Tuesday until Saturday, and closed on Sundays and Mondays (see full operating hours below). Masks will be required for all employees and patrons, and social distancing of 6 feet or more must be observed. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, all materials, including donated materials, must be sorted before the Recycling Center receives them, including bottle caps removed from all bottles. Additional safety measures include the availability of hand sanitizer for customer use and sanitation procedures for high-touch surfaces.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back this vital recycling resource for our local community members,” says OCC President Angelica Suarez. “OCC is committed to safely re-opening our facilities in accordance with local, state and federal health guidelines. We know the demand to re-open the Recycling Center is high, and we look forward to provide this service to our community once again.”

OCC’s Recycling Center was rebuilt in 2017, expanding on a popular community resource that first opened in 1970. In addition to more square footage, the new Recycling Center includes classroom space, increased parking, and men’s and women’s shower facilities to encourage employees to commute by bicycle. The Center also includes planter beds and composting containers.

Before the Recycling Center closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the facility was processing approximately 60,000 aluminum cans per day, and 20 tons of glass bottles per week. The Center also processed approximately 1,000 tons of paper per year.
In July 2019, OCC’s Recycling Center became the first facility in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification, Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) v2 certification, and TRUE Zero Waste certification. This unprecedented milestone pays homage to OCC’s commitment to sustainable practices on and off campus.

The Recycling Center is funded by OCC’s Associated Students, and students play a large role in developing the Center’s strategic vision.

New operating hours for the Recycling Center will be as follows:

TUESDAY – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
THURSDAY – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FRIDAY – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
SATURDAY – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.

Orange Coast College Recycling Center will reopend after a year-long closure due to pandemic restrictions. Courtesy photo.
Orange Coast College Recycling Center will reopend after a year-long closure due to pandemic restrictions. Courtesy photo.
The article and photo above were released by Orange Coast College.