News & Updates
Are Compost and Soil the Same Thing?
May 25 2020
Have you ever found yourself wondering if compost and soil are the same thing? While they are both beneficial, they are not quite the same. We'll tell you why! Compost is a small but important part of soil. Compost is made from your decomposed kitchen and yard waste and becomes the living part of soil. Soil is the top layer of earth and...
Is it Compostable? A Reference List of Compostable Items Often Asked About
May 25 2020
Question: What items can I safely put in my compost bin? Answer: This is a list of items that the average backyard composter can feel comfortable adding to their compost bin. We will address materials for the adventurous or more experienced composter in a future blog post.
Supporting the Community with a Pivot to Online Learning
May 17 2020
In this unprecedented time, it has been inspiring to see our community come together. From shifts in supply chains to get food to those in need while preventing waste to new socially-distant shopping directly from local farms, artisans, and small businesses - San Diego has shone resilient. Solana Center is proud to continue to provide...
Zero Waste Tip: How to Recycle Your Plastic Bags
May 15 2020
We're all about banning the bag and using reusable options where possible. But even those leading a dedicated zero waste lifestyle run into instances where products come in a plastic film - such as the wrapper around toilet paper. When you are faced with a situation where you can't avoid plastic packaging, what do you do to prevent...
International Composting Awareness Week | May 3 - 9
May 3 2020
Today marks the start of International Composting Awareness Week! Organized by the US Council for Composting, this is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry and has been celebrated nationwide each year during the first full week of May for 25 years. This year's theme for 2020 is Soil Loves Compost...
What Do Expiration Dates On Food Really Mean?
Apr 20 2020
Have you ever found your self wondering about the “best by” date on food items? Are they still safe to eat even though the date has passed? How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe? Surprisingly, the answer is not on the date label. Most date labels tell you about food quality, not safety. We suggest using your senses and...
Earth Day - 50 Years And Counting!
Apr 18 2020
It hardly seems feasible that it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated. And today, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, its scope and importance continues to grow. Earth Day History In 1970, the inspiration for Earth Day began right here in California, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the damage...
4 Tips For Processing Your Organics at Home
Mar 26 2020
Knowing Food Cycle is so important to many and helps prevent thousands of pounds of food scraps from going to landfills, we wanted to share four ways you can process your food waste at your home during the interim period when our Food Cycle program was on hold.
COVID-19 Related Updates from Solana Center
Mar 17 2020
*** Update as of April 23 *** We are excited to announce the re-opening of the Food Cycle program Thursday, April 23rd! With the current state of the COVID pandemic and the continued social distancing measures, we will be modifying our procedures for bucket exchange services so we can continue to collect your scraps safely and within...
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Mar 3 2020
Spring is in the Air at Solana Center We’re 62 days into 2020 and I’m proud to share the team at Solana Center has already successfully launched a new program for the tiniest earth stewards, Solana Seedlings, and hosted 11 environmental education workshops teaching about composting and water conservation.