The Solana Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Encinitas, California. Originally founded as the Solana Recyclers in 1983, we pioneered the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in San Diego County and one of the first community-based recycling programs in the State of California. In 1996, we left the recycling collection business to focus our energies on community outreach, public education and creating new markets for recycled products. The word "Solana" has remained and is symbolic of our work in the broader community. In Spanish, Solana means "place where the light shines." Carrying the torch of environmental awareness is something that we take very seriously, finding ways to illuminate problems, creating solutions and inspiring change.
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