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Waste Diversion in Schools

Solana Center’s school programs inspire and empower students to live sustainably, to reduce and rethink waste, and to become change-makers on their campuses and in their communities. The goal of our Waste Diversion program is to work with school district stakeholders to create a lunch waste sorting program in order to significantly reduce the amount of waste being taken to the landfill.

New legislation (AB 1826) will soon make diverting organic waste from the landfills mandatory for schools. By utilizing our waste diversion program, your students will already have the training and the experience to make this happen.  

  1. Solana Center works with school staff to develop lunch waste sorting stations appropriate to your current lunch waste streams.
  2. A custom education presentation will be created to support the program covering the 4 Rs (reuse, reduce, recycle, and rot), vermicomposting, and an introduction to your new sorting station.
  3. Waste audits will be performed before and after education to allow a metric for determining lunch waste sorting success.

After our education and outreach, one school in the San Ysidro School District achieved 96% accuracy of lunch waste sorting!

Participating Schools

Waste Diversion programs have been developed for these schools/school districts:

  • Encinitas Union School District – All elementary schools
  • Poway Unified School District – Monterey Ridge Elementary School
  • San Ysidro School District – La Mirada Elementary School
  • Carlsbad Unified School District – Poinsettia Elementary School (model), as well as 7 other elementary schools the district

Learn more about how to get your school started with waste diversion programming by contacting education@solanacenter.org | (760) 436-7986 x704.