Work begins on the Olinda front slope improvement project, Phase 2 of the partial final closure.
To deliver on the OCWR Good Neighbor promise, OCWR identifies the source of an ongoing, non-landfill odor
a neighborhood adjacent to FRB and collaborates to get it resolved.
OCWR launches the Organics Strategic Initiative and begins baseline work to develop an organics program to
address AB 1594 and SB 1383.
After 15 years of service to OCWR, the last three as director, Dylan Wright leaves the department to serve
as director of OC Community Services at the request of CEO Frank Kim.
North Region passes Cal Recycle/LEA 18-month inspection, with compliments from the regulators on how well
the site looks and operates.
OCWR Celebrates Earth Day Eco Challenge at Discovery Cube; Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker and First
Supervisor Andrew Do lend their support.
OCWR resumes operational control of Landfill Gas Collection and Control System at the Coyote Canyon
from the former gas-to-energy plant operator.
OCWR draws hundreds to Eco Challenge Day at the Fiesta Angels event; booth includes educational partners
Angels player Garrett Richards.
Dine at the Dump raises $5,000 for United Way.
Landfill Tour Program receives a Golden Hub of Innovation Award in the category of Community Outreach.
Strategic Communications group launches OCWR Speakers Bureau.
Following a nationwide search Tom Koutroulis is named OCWR director, bringing more than 25 years
professional waste and recycling industry and community relations experience.
OCWR holds inaugural National Drive-Thru Day event to promote proper disposal of household hazardous waste
at the department’s HHW collection centers.
National Association of Counties honors Landfill Tour Program and Capital Improvement Planning Program
with Achievement Awards.
Orange County Waste Characterization Study is published; reveals 38.4 percent of residential and
waste is organic material.
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) honors Bowerman Power with a Silver Excellence Award and
the Landfill Tour Program with a Bronze Excellence Award.
Poster contest winners celebrated at Angel Stadium; contest draws a record 521 entries.
Bowerman Power Project receives the Innovative Energy Project of the Year Award from the Association of
Energy Engineers (AEE) Region V.
Board of Supervisors selects firms to develop a golf course at the closed Coyote Canyon Landfill.
2017 Golf Tournament raises more than $20K for United Way.
OCWR completes major purchase of state-of-the-art landfill heavy equipment.
La Pata Gap Extension Project receives the WCCC Distinguished Project Award in collaboration with OC
La Pata view shed Phase 3 completed.
Ducks partner with OCWR to promote recycling throughout OC and celebrate America Recycles Day at the Honda
Construction of permanent cell towers at Coyote Canyon closed landfill begins; it’s the next phase of the
overhaul of the previous landfill gas to energy plant.
Permanent litter fence, misting systems and odor neutralizers installed at Prima as part of OCWR’s Good
Neighbor mitigation efforts.
Rob Johnson elected chair and Don Froelich elected vice chair of Waste Management Commission.
Organics Initiative Subcommittees launch and begin work on operational, management and community relations
efforts tied to new organics legislation.
World class mitigation efforts contribute to all three sites passing critical LEA inspections, despite
multiple days of litter-generating, extremely high winds.
Testing of new drone operation begins.