Founded as Solana Recyclers in 1983, we are proud to have pioneered the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in San Diego - and one of the first such programs in the State of California. Together with our partners, we work creatively to promote the sustainable management of our natural resources and connect the community to real solutions. The San Diego region is constantly changing, and we change with it.
Founded as Solana Recyclers by a group of local residents committed to educating the community about the importance of recycling in order to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
Solana Recyclers named "Best Curbside Recycling Program in California" by the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) at that time serving 22,000+ households.
Solana Recyclers' household recycling program was acquired by local waste hauler company resulting in a shift to direct community education prioritizing soil, water, and waste diversion.
First Master Composter Course held at San Marcos landfill.
Organization's name shifts from Solana Recyclers to Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to reflect the focus on education and action within public and private partnerships required to address the environmental challenges in our region.
Awarded the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) California's highest environmental honor for demonstrating closed-loop community compost system between local restaurant and farm.
Solana Center begins Food Cycle to demonstrate a closed loop community system for handling waste.
Solana Center begins working on a pilot program to connect grocery store food waste to farmers to create a local closed loop food system.
SB 1383 goes into effect, with Solana Center providing San Diego's jurisdictions and businesses expert assistance in legislative compliance.
With the help of our dedicated community, in the past 5 years, Solana Center has:
- Reached more than 75,000 San Diego County residents and students through our environmental education and community outreach programs including workshops, courses, and webinars even as Covid restrictions severely hampered our outreach ability
- Managed a strong, dedicated community of volunteers who have logged 9,000+ volunteer hours
- Continued to add capacity and infrastructure to divert more than 3.7 million pounds of organic waste from landfills through education, community compost program and
- Saved more than 590,000 gallons of rainwater from becoming runoff through rain barrel sales
Board of Directors
Board Vice President
Mary Ann Stone