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OC Waste & Recycling Receives Two Achievement Awards for Innovation

Santa Ana, Calif. (May 21, 2018) — OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) received two Achievement Awards in May 2018 from the National Association of Counties (NACo).  OCWR’s prize-winning accomplishments include their pivotal role in revitalizing Yorba Park and their reinvention of a cumbersome reporting process to improve efficiency and workflow.   

The Yorba Park revitalization project transformed a closed landfill into a vibrant, safe and attractive community and dog park.  OCWR worked alongside the City of Orange to install and relocate environmental protection systems as well as numerous park upgrades, which required extensive coordination and communication between several entities with differing priorities.

“Parks like Yorba Park are our City’s crown jewels,” said Orange Mayor Teresa “Tita” Smith. “We were proud to welcome our residents back to Yorba Park on the 130th Birthday of our City. The newly renovated and enhanced Yorba Park, and the Dog Park at Yorba Park, will be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come. We sincerely thank our partners at the County of Orange for helping us prepare Yorba Park to serve our community for the next 130 years.”

OCWR manages three active landfills that serve almost half a million residents.  Landfills are not dumps; they are engineering feats regulated by local, regional and state agencies.  Hundreds of inspections are required in varying frequencies and phases.  The newly developed electronic Compliance Alert & Reporting System (CARS) ensures all of these inspections are performed and submitted in a timely manner, ensuring the effective management and continued operation of the landfills. 

“It was a proud moment for OCWR when we received two NACo awards,” OCWR Director Tom Koutroulis said. “We are very honored that our sustainability and innovation efforts are recognized nationally.”

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