Waste & Recycling - Eco Challenge

What is the Eco Challenge?
The Eco Challenge is a regional program created to educate the community on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to make Orange County a sustainable place to live for current and future generations.
What does it mean to “Take the Eco Challenge”?
"Take The Eco Challenge" is a call to action for Orange County residents to reduce their waste consumption, reuse when possible, and recycle with the goal of preserving our natural resources and landfill capacity for current and future generations.

How did the Eco Challenge Education & Outreach program begin?
In 2011, the County of Orange and Discovery Cube partnered together to create 3 exhibits at Discovery Cube. 

1.     Discovery Market – Demonstrates to guests at Discovery Cube the impact that various products and packaging materials have on the environment and teaches visitors to reduce waste by making responsible shopping choices.

2.     Race to Recycle - Race to Recycle is a hands-on, highly interactive game in which guests are taught the difference between recyclables, household hazardous waste, including e-waste, green/yard waste and landfill waste. Guests are encouraged to apply the concepts learned in this game to sort their own household waste and to be mindful of conserving space in local landfills.

3.     Eco Garage - Inside Eco Garage, the goal of this challenge is to teach guests to identify household hazardous waste in their own homes and encourage them to properly dispose of these items by taking them to their local household hazardous waste collection facility. 

Once the exhibits were launched to the general public in 2011, both Discovery Cube and OCWR began working collaboratively to establish an identity or call to action for OC residents to associate the exhibits with environmental stewardship living.  In February of 2013, OCWR and Discovery Cube launched a marketing campaign to bring awareness to this newly established call to action "Take the Eco Challenge".  This educational call to action has now emerged as the premier public-publicity outreach campaign on environmental stewardship in Orange County.

Click here to view an informational brochure with more information about the partnership.
Why did the County establish the Eco Challenge program?
Due to the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB939), the County Board of Supervisors established, by Board Resolution, a surcharge fee of $19.00 to reduce recyclable material disposal at the landfills and to expand existing or develop new countywide diversion programs.  OC Waste & Recycling manages the Eco Challenge identity and brand for the purpose of educating and changing the behaviors of Orange County residents on adopting key environmental stewardship traits such as reducing, reusing and recycling.

What sort of events does the Eco Challenge host?
The Eco Challenge host several events throughout the year, but most of our events occur during the summer. We have several community clean-up events throughout Orange County and a regional collection event at Angel Stadium. Feel free to check our events calendar for more information or community events to read more about our past events.
When are the next Eco Challenge events?
Our last Eco Challenge event for the 2014 season will be on September 20, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Angel Stadium. More information is available on our homepage www.ocEcoChallenge.com
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