How Do Compost Tumblers Work?
Nov 24 2017
Tumblers are composting bins that are manually flipped, spun, rolled or crank-turned for aeration, depending on the style. These bins do not require turning with a pitchfork or auger, instead, the entire compost bin is turned for aeration. There are several variations on this theme. Below is a spinning tumbler that is subsidized by the City of San Diego and...
Holiday Hours & Green Gifts
Nov 22 2017
We will be closed Thursday, Nov 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will REOPEN on Saturday, Nov 25 from 8AM-12PM. Celebrate #ShopSmall and stop by for a GREEN GIFT this holiday. We are your local source for worm bins, composting supplies, rain barrels, and more! See the items we sell out of our Encinitas location. Click here for locations &...
Solana Center Expands E-Waste Recycling Program
Nov 18 2017
Solana Center makes it easy to recycle your e-waste! We're excited to announce that we are expanding our e-waste collection for North County residents and businesses. Free E-Waste Collection We offer FREE e-waste collection at Solana Center at our main office, located at 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM - 4 PM and...
Rotline Question: Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!
Nov 16 2017
Question: I love my new Solana Center composting kitchen caddy, but I’ve recently noticed an intruder that’s even more excited about my kitchen caddy than I am: fruit flies! The flies swarm around my caddy, especially when I open it to add scraps to my caddy. I’m worried that they’re reproducing and will become a greater nuisance than they already are. Do...
New Energy Usage Charge Encourages Using Less
Oct 5 2017
Did you know 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they are turned off? If we all did just one thing to lower our energy use, what an impact that would make! As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new State-mandated High Usage Charge (HUC) goes into effect November 1, 2017. This...
Volunteer Spotlight: Marie Struttmann
Sep 18 2017
Marie Struttmann became a certified Encinitas Master Composter in the Spring and has been a steady volunteer since the moment she registered! Marie Struttmann became a certified Encinitas Master Composter in the spring and has been a steady volunteer since the moment she registered! How did you find Solana Center and start volunteering with us? My first...
Getting Energy-saving Products and Rebates Just Got Easier
Aug 6 2017
Looking for an easy way to shop for energy-efficient products and even get some cash back from your new purchase? Our friends at SDG&E have enhanced their SDG&E Marketplace, the place to shop, compare prices and purchase energy-efficient products online. They've made shopping and finding rebates easier than ever. You can now: Create a private and...
Squiggling into Summer
Jun 23 2017
Our temperate San Diego weather is usually prefect for accommodating the red wrigglers used for vermi-composting. Their preference is for temperature ranges of 55 – 77° F, but they can tolerate temperatures above and below this range. Temperatures should be measured inside the bin since they can vary significantly from external measurements. As we...
Spring Energy Tips for Your Home
Apr 17 2017
The start of spring brings a fresh opportunity to find ways to save energy and money. With just a few simple things, you can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive. Check out these no- and low-cost ways to help reduce your energy use this spring from our partners at SDG&E!