In 1983, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (then Solana Recyclers) 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.
Recently, in the last three years combined, Solana Center composting programs have enabled the diversion of an estimated 6 million pounds of organic waste from the landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 11,500 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent, and returning valuable nutrients back to the soil without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers.
Last year we continued our efforts by:
- Reaching 30,000+ San Diego County residents and 8,000 students through our environmental education and community outreach programs, from Fallbrook to San Ysidrio, and from Oceanside to Ramona
- Teaching more than 700 people at workshops and courses
- Addressing more than 1,500 environmental inquiries
- Managing a strong, dedicated community of volunteers who logged 3,000+ volunteer hours
- Training 70 Master Composters who become community volunteers and composting advocates
- Continuing to add capacity and infrastructure to divert millions of pounds of organic waste from landfills
- Saving more than 40,000 gallons of rainwater from becoming runoff through rain barrel sales