Orange County urges residents to reduce, reuse and recycle


SANTA ANA, California OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) invites the community to make a commitment to make reduction, reuse and recycling part of their daily routine. From November 1 through November 15, America Recycles Day (ARD), the county will be promoting fun online activities, recycling tips, educational activities and a social media contest for have the chance to win a family pack of four tickets to Discovery Cube Orange. County (DCOC).

The holiday season usually generates additional waste. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, residents can commit to recycling and properly disposing of the excess. Recycling during the holiday season and year round can be as easy as following three steps:

First step, reduce. Cut down on the amount of material you use and think twice before buying anything new.

Second step, reuse. Before you throw an item in the trash, consider whether it can be reused or reused.

Third step, recycle. Most plastics, aluminum cans, and intact glass containers can usually go into your curbside recycling bin.

OCWR partners with DCOC to promote proper recycling. Residents who pledge to recycle, via social media, can have a chance to win a family pack of four tickets to DCOC to see the new Organic World of Waste Lab, which offers hands-on learning about composting. To participate, residents must follow the OCWR on social media @ocwaste. The winners will be chosen at random; for all contest details, visit

Small steps can make a big difference. Recycling a single aluminum can save enough energy to turn on a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours and a TV for two hours. The same can, if thrown in a landfill, will take 80 to 100 years to degrade. Adopt good recycling habits before US Recycling Day and keep them in practice throughout the year. Committing to Recycle is part of America Recycles Day®, a national Keep America Beautiful® program, and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.

OCWR is a resource for people looking to recycle weird items and directs the public to various recycling options. In addition to recycling, it’s also important to make sure that hazardous items like batteries, paints and household cleaners don’t end up in our landfills. Orange County is home to four Household hazardous waste collection centers located in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. The centers are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. OCWR’s online recycling education, tips and quizzes are available at

About OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR)

OCWR meets the county’s solid waste disposal needs by providing waste management services, operating landfills, protecting the local environment, investing in renewable energy companies and encouraging recycling. to ensure a safe and healthy community for present and future generations. The department operates one of the country’s premier solid waste disposal systems, serving residents and businesses in the county’s 34 towns and unincorporated areas. The OCWR’s three active discharges best reflect environmental engineering. For more information, visit the OCWR website at

About the Discovery Cube Orange County (DCOC)

Discovery Cube, Southern California’s premier science museum for children, is committed to inspiring, educating and impacting children of all ages through engaging and hands-on science programs, exhibits and interactive adventures. Discovery Cube was named one of the 10 “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and received the National Medal of Service award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In 2020, Discovery Cube unveiled a first digital approach to online learning and science education with the launch of Discovery Cube Connect, a digital platform for Discovery Cube’s on-site STEM exhibits and offerings. interactive and online educational programs. For more information, visit



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