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Highlights Include Nine Events, Over 6,000 Residents Reached, Two Campaigns and $5,000 raised for United Way

It’s a wrap! OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) closed out one of its busiest spring seasons for community outreach on Saturday, May 20, at the annual OC Public Works Open House. The event was one of nine supported by the department this April and May alone, aimed at reaching OC residents to educate about eco-friendly recycling habits and waste management services provided by the County.  Through these efforts, OCWR reached more than 6,000 residents, supported two campaigns and raised $5,000 for United Way.

“Family-friendly venues are great opportunities to engage county residents of all ages on how to contribute as stewards of our environment through conscious recycling efforts,” stated Board Chairwoman and 2nd District Supervisor, Michelle Steel. “We are proud to leverage some innovative partnerships throughout the region to support these efforts and give back to the communities whenever possible.”

Outreach ranged from local community fairs, to multi-cultural events with Angels Baseball, a Dine-at-the-Dump barbeque at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill and two environmental campaigns supporting Earth Day and International Compost Week.

A highlight of the educational events was a hands-on demonstration to show how composting of food and green waste can significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to county landfills and preserve our local resources. In addition, the two campaigns for Earth Day and International Compost Week connected residents with the world-wide campaigns supporting our environment.

OCWR hosts or participates in events with various community partners including United Way, Inside the Outdoors, Discovery Cube, Goodwill OC, Waste Not OC, and various OC cities and unincorporated areas. The partnerships enable OCWR to promote its Eco Challenge message to residents of all ages in a family-friendly environment.  

Spring events included:

  • Eco Challenge Poster Contest launch, April 1 – June 30
  • Children’s Environmental Fair, Mission Viejo, April 21
  • Go Green Ladera, Ladera Ranch, April 22
  • Angels 5K, Anaheim, April 22
  • Eco Challenge Earth Day at Discovery Cube OC, Santa Ana, April 22
  • Celebrate Ladera, Ladera Ranch, May 13
  • Eco Challenge Day at Fiesta Angels, Anaheim, April 22
  • International Compost Week, The Compost Challenge, May 17-21
  • Dine at the Dump with United Way, Irvine, May 11
  • OC Public Works Open House, Orange, May 20

Residents between the ages of eight and 14 can still participate in the Eco Challenge Poster contest open through June 30, for a chance to win a Bat Kid experience at a future Angels baseball game. In addition, information about future outreach events at Angels games, community clean-ups and an Eco Challenge event with the Anaheim Ducks will be posted online at Families can also visit OCWR’s Eco Challenge page for a free child admission coupon to the Discovery Cube where they can visit the permanent County exhibit and learn how small changes can make a big impact.