OC Waste & Recycling at the Discover Science Center in Santa Ana
Every idea needs something to set it into motion. For Orange County Waste and Recycling, the need to increase diversion and promote recycling is what brings programs to life-to change the everyday behaviors of Orange County residents.
United by common objectives of recycling education and sustainable living, OC Waste and Recycling and the Discovery Science Center will launch an environmentally themed exhibit in Santa Ana September 1.
The exhibit, named "Eco Challenge," interactively combines OC Waste and Recycling's mission to protect the environment and promote recycling with Discovery Science Center's ability to merge learning with fun.
The project first began in April 2009, when the County of Orange and the Discovery Science Center developed plans for an exhibit emphasizing the message to "reduce, reuse and recycle." Over the last two years, staff members at OC Waste and Recycling have worked closely with the Discovery Science Center to ensure that the information used in the exhibit reflects the waste management services available in Orange County, from haulers to hazardous waste collection centers.
Through the exhibit, visitors will learn how to modify their behavior to best take care of the earth. OC Waste and Recycling aims to teach visitors to develop environmentally-conscious habits and make eco-friendly choices every day.
Eco Challenge includes three educational activities, each highlighting one aspect of the mission to "reduce, reuse and recycle." By engaging in the challenge stations, participants will learn to develop skills they can apply at home.
In the Discovery Market, guests are given a shopping cart bearing a touch screen monitor and a set of shopping lists. They are then faced with various product options and must choose those with the most environmentally-friendly packaging.
Race to Recycle is an interactive game in which guests learn to distinguish between different forms of waste. The challenge begins when a truck dumps a load of waste materials onto a conveyor belt. Players compete to quickly and accurately sort the materials into four categories: recyclables, hazardous waste, green waste and landfill waste.
Inside the Eco Garage, visitors are challenged to identify household hazardous waste items such as paint, gardening pesticides, motor oil and batteries. The station will encourage guests to identify household hazardous waste in their own homes and dispose of them properly through county services.
Flanking these exhibits are new "green superheroes" characters, developed by the Discovery Science Center to model sustainable behavior to young visitors. These characters aim to inspire visitors to be superheroes too, working daily to save the earth.
OC Waste and Recycling and the Discovery Science Center are eager to introduce Eco Challenge and are enthusiastic about the effort to bring sustainable practices into execution, both in the local community and beyond.
The Discovery Science Center is located at:
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705