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YOUNG OC ARTISTS ILLUSTRATE THE FUTURE OF RECYCLING

County poster contest targets food and green waste recycling; winners will be honorary Angels bat kids

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Five young Orange County artists are doing their part to help OC Waste & Recycling promote the need for keeping green waste and food waste out of the landfills and how to recycle or reuse it in ways that benefit communities and the environment. 

The youth are winners of the 2017 Eco Challenge Poster Contest, themed “Batting for a Green Planet.” One winner was selected from each of Orange County’s five supervisorial districts, and each will be recognized in a pre-game, on-field ceremony Sept. 15 and will get their own Angels “bat kid experience” on dates to be determined. This year’s winners are:

Chelsey Ruiz, age 14, Garden Grove – First District, Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Andrew Do
Sophie Rafle, age 8, Costa Mesa – Second District, Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel
Maxwell Ngo, age 9, Tustin – Third District, Supervisor Todd Spitzer
Angela Flores, age 9, Placentia – Fourth District, Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Tanner Salgado, age 13, San Clemente – Fifth District, Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

To see a photo gallery of the posters click here.

Almost five hundred posters were entered into the contest, which challenged Orange County children between the ages of eight and 14 to illustrate the benefits of food and green waste recycling. This is the fifth annual contest, which is a partnership among OCWR, Discovery Cube OC and Angels Baseball.

“This is a new era of recycling. We have moved from focusing on bottles, cans and newspaper to a more complex horizon in recycling—green waste and food waste. Much can be gained by recycling organic materials,” said Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

“To see the ideas of these artists as imagined in their posters is a real inspiration. I am very pleased to participate in celebrating the artists and their commitment to a better, cleaner future.” She added that meeting new recycling mandates also will call for collecting and processing organic materials, and changing how we manage waste within our homes.

The Eco Challenge is a County-sponsored, regional program created to educate the community on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle with the goal of preserving our natural resources and landfill capacity for current and future generations.

Families can “Take the Eco Challenge” by visiting the interactive Eco Challenge exhibits at Discovery Cube OC and participating in the various Eco Challenge collection events throughout the year.

About OC Waste & Recycling
OCWR serves the County’s solid waste disposal needs by providing waste management services, operating public landfills, protecting the local environment, investing in renewable energy enterprises and promoting recycling in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations. The department manages one of the nation's premier solid waste disposal systems, serving residents and businesses in the County’s 34 cities and unincorporated areas. OCWR’s three active landfills reflect environmental engineering at its best. They are among the largest in the state and annually receive more than four million tons of solid waste. Learn more by visiting the OCWR website at http://www.oclandfills.com/.

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