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Food Cycle - FAQ

Questions about Food Cycle?


  • How quickly am I going to fill up a bucket?
    Most families of four bring in a bucket once per month

  • How much does Food Cycle cost?
    Price for participating as a resident is a $52 start-up package which includes a 5-gallon bucket, bokashi bran, and an option between two monthly membership fees:

    • Basic Membership is $15/month, covering 1 full bucket drop-off each visit.
    • Expanded Membership is $25/month, covering 2 full buckets each visit.
    •  Business costs vary depending on size and type of business. Contact Solana Center directly for business-specific details and pricing.

      Your membership fee covers the cost of storing and processing your food waste, and providing a clean bucket or buckets for continued collection. 

  • Can I get additional buckets?
    This is a great idea to reduce the number of trips you have to make to the Center. Due to Covid, we've seen an increase in frequency of families cooking and eating at home, resulting in more household food waste. We've introduced a secondary tier for our pricing over the last 6 months providing an expanded membership to match the demand. Read more here

  • When can I drop off my bucket?
    Buckets can be dropped off on Thursdays from 12:00 - 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. If you would like to purchase more bokashi bran during your drop-off, please email the day before your visit and we will have a bag waiting for you!

  • What can I add to my bucket?
    ANY organic material. This includes meat, bones, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Do I need to use bokashi bran even if I am vegan?
    Yes, bokashi bran will ferment the food waste which preserves it until we are ready to compost it.

  • How much bran do I add?
    See the bokashi instruction sheet. Download the Bokashi Best Practices Fact Sheet.

  • Can I add paper towels?
    Yes, you can add paper towels even if they are bleached. However, the goal of this program is to reduce food waste more than paper waste.

  • Can I add food that is already moldy?
    Yes, moldy food is A-okay. It has already started its decomposition process.

  • Can I add raw meat to it?
    Yes, you can add any meat, bones, and animal products freely.

  • Can I pick up finished compost?
    Compost is a hot commodity. Picking up finished compost is part of the program but is not always available.

If you have any questions, please email