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By Britney Barnes, | February 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — "Michael Recycle" held up a brown paper bag, several clear plastic baggies and a plastic juice box. He was showing off the items to a crowd of kindergarteners, first- and second-graders eating their lunch Wednesday at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa. The students stuck their arms up, with thumbs turned down in disapproval, and booed the supply of hard-to-reuse food and beverage containers. "I'd have to have all this trash, but you guys don't have to do that," said Michael Recycle, aka Mike Carey, as he showed the students what he used to take to lunch when he was a kid. Carey is the sustainability coordinator at Orange Coast College and director its recycling center.
By Britney Barnes, | February 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — In a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning, kindergartners sprinkled both water and wishes on the vacant lot that will soon house the Waldorf School of Orange County's new $2-million building. The private school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on Canyon Drive invited all 326 of its students to join faculty, parents and the community to see where it planned to erect what was said to be Costa Mesa's first building made from recycled shipping containers.
By Joseph Serna, | February 1, 2011
COSTA MESA — They brought in an artist rendering of their ideal recycling center, submitted paperwork to get it approved at a new location a block away, and by Mayor Gary Monahan's own assessment, they made progress toward moving the business. Despite all that, the Costa Mesa City Council in a 4-1 vote turned down Garcia Recycling Center's request to extend its stay at 739 W. 19th Street past Feb. 14, its deadline to close shop. Councilwoman Wendy Leece cast the dissenting vote and unsuccessfully recommended a 30-day extension.
By Mona Shadia, | December 6, 2010
COSTA MESA — The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to amend its zoning code to make it tougher to open recycling centers citywide. The vote follows the recent revocation of the Garcia Recycling center permit on 19th Street. The business has operated in Costa Mesa for more than 20 years without any violations. Planning Commissioner Steve Mensinger had called for a review of the center's operations and had suggested closing it down due to complaints about noise and the type of customers attracted to the center, such as the homeless.
By Mona Shadia, | November 27, 2010
COSTA MESA — Putting in 17 hour days as a young man, Jesse Garcia had a vision to be his own boss. Fast forward 21 years. Garcia, now 49, owns four businesses in Orange County. But one of them, a recycling center at 739 W. 19th St. in Costa Mesa where customers exchange bottles and cans for cash, is threatened with closure after two decades in operation. The Costa Mesa Planning Commission recently voted 4 to 1 to revoke the Garcia Recycling Center's conditional use permit, which grants a business permission to operate in the city.
By Joanna Clay, | August 20, 2010
Need to toss old laptops or dated cell phones? The Boys & Girls Club in Costa Mesa is recycling used electronic equipment to raise money. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, residents can drop off their unwanted electronics, such as TVs, monitors, video game systems, printers or fax machines at the clubhouse. Batteries, light bulbs and appliances will not be accepted. Electronic Waste Recycling, or eWaste, is hosting the event for the Boys & Girls Club and thinks it is important for people to come out and support the nonprofit's fundraising efforts.
By Tom Ragan, | August 14, 2010
COSTA MESA — Times are tough indeed. One unorthodox financial gauge is the recycling business at Orange Coast College's Recycling Center. It's going gang-busters. More and more people find themselves unemployed and at the steps of the student-run recycling center on Adams Avenue, hauling in pounds of plastic and glass and aluminum and paper and cardboard. They get paid for it by the pound, and many of them are becoming regulars. In fact the economy is so bad that the recycling center turned a $140,000 profit last year, the largest in the history of the 40-year-old operation, said Mike Carey, the sustainability coordinator who runs the joint and has been working there since 1985.
By From library staff | April 17, 2010
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970. Across the United States, more than 20 million people participated. It is anticipated that this year’s 40th anniversary events will be commemorated by more than 1 billion people worldwide. Did you realize that using your library is one of the greenest things you can do? Where else can you pick up books, movies and music in one stop? Where else can you get a free canvas bag to check out so that you can carry your items?
By Brianna Bailey | November 18, 2009
A Costa Mesa homeless man who has filed a claim against the city of Newport Beach doesn’t want any monetary compensation after aluminum cans and other recyclables he had collected were snatched from a local beach. He just wants a note from a police officer stating he can comb through trash cans for plastic and glass. Eugene Edward Howard III filed a claim last week that three Newport Beach Police officers were called to the front steps of City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd.
October 9, 2009
Contributed by Jon Batarse St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is hosting a community Shred and Recycle Day this Saturday from 9am to1pm. This is a free event! 600 St. Andrews Rd, Newport Beach, 92663 The limit to be shred is 6 file boxes of papers per household, with no limit on your e-waste. Shredding: Secure and complete document destruction. Shredded on-site at St. Andrew's No need to remove paper clips, rubber bands or staples E-Waste: Bring your computers, cables, shredders, printers, copy machines, speakers, calculators, electronic components, fax machines, recorders, computer monitors, batteries, scanners, stereo systems, cell phones, circuit boards, routers, cameras, radios, televisions.
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