Zero Waste at Orange Coast College

Zero Waste at Orange Coast College

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Caitlyn Nojiri started this petition to Orange Coast College's Administration and

Zero Waste by 2025:

Orange Coast College has been a leader in the environmental field with our top notch recycling facility that has served the community for over 45 years.  We are encouraging the school to become zero waste by 2025, as we would like to continue the college’s initiatives of being environmentally friendly. Zero waste entails achieving a diversion rate of 95% or better, which necessitates the recycling, reusing, or composting of 95% or more of Orange Coast College’s total waste. We encourage Orange Coast College to adopt a zero waste plan by 2025. This program initiative would entail a program inclusive of sustainable educational resources, increasing recycling initiatives, and overall less waste production.


Environmental Education Program:

An environmental education program would include: increased transparency of the Orange Coast College’s environmental efforts in recycling and waste management; an annual waste diversion audit; and providing information for how students can become more environmentally conscious, as well as the resources that Orange Coast College extends to students (i.e. subsidized bus passes).


Increased Recycling Initiatives:

Currently the school provides recycling receptacles for bottles and cans throughout campus, however, does not provide adequate recycling receptacles for other forms of waste (i.e food trash, paper, and specialized plastics).  We urge the school to invest in more recycle bins, in order to achieve a 1:1 ratio for every trash receptacle on campus to be accompanied by both a recycling bin and composting bin. Additionally, we urge the school to provide signage for recycling bins to display what can and cannot be placed in them.  


Overall Less Waste Production:

We urge Orange Coast College to produce less waste production by having an office supply exchange throughout teaching departments.  An office supply exchange would encompass a program in which teaching departments would donate their unneeded or lightly used supplies for  use in other teaching departments. We urge the deans, faculty, administration, and teachers to limit their printing for memos, classwork, and other paper products, by instead providing electronic copies.  We encourage professors who print hard copies for their classes to instead post their class materials on canvas to give students the ability to opt out of paper waste. Additionally, we implore Orange Coast College to reduce the packaging waste of foods, by providing expanded “pay by the pound” options for foods, increasing water refill stations throughout campus, and making reusable straws accessible to the campus by selling them at all food and drink locations.  


We encourage Orange Coast College to stand up and take a harder stance against climate change through a zero waste initiative, to reduce our carbon footprint.  If change does not ensue, our environment will decline to a level past an inhabitable level. As the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo has asserted, “there is no work to be done on a dead planet”.

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