Is it Compostable? A Reference List of Compostable Items Often Asked About
May 25 2020
Question: What items can I safely put in my compost bin? Answer: This is a list of items that the average backyard composter can feel comfortable adding to their compost bin. We will address materials for the adventurous or more experienced composter in a future blog post.
Supporting the Community with a Pivot to Online Learning
May 17 2020
In this unprecedented time, it has been inspiring to see our community come together. From shifts in supply chains to get food to those in need while preventing waste to new socially-distant shopping directly from local farms, artisans, and small businesses - San Diego has shone resilient. Solana Center is proud to continue to provide environmental...
Zero Waste Tip: How to Recycle Your Plastic Bags
May 15 2020
We're all about banning the bag and using reusable options where possible. But even those leading a dedicated zero waste lifestyle run into instances where products come in a plastic film - such as the wrapper around toilet paper. When you are faced with a situation where you can't avoid plastic packaging, what do you do to prevent sending less to the...
International Composting Awareness Week | May 3 - 9
May 3 2020
Today marks the start of International Composting Awareness Week! Organized by the US Council for Composting, this is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry and has been celebrated nationwide each year during the first full week of May for 25 years. This year's theme for 2020 is Soil Loves Compost. This at Solana...
What Do Expiration Dates On Food Really Mean?
Apr 20 2020
Have you ever found your self wondering about the “best by” date on food items? Are they still safe to eat even though the date has passed? How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe? Surprisingly, the answer is not on the date label. Most date labels tell you about food quality, not safety. We suggest using your senses and own judgment to...
Earth Day - 50 Years And Counting!
Apr 18 2020
It hardly seems feasible that it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated. And today, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, its scope and importance continues to grow. Earth Day History In 1970, the inspiration for Earth Day began right here in California, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the damage from a massive oil...
4 Tips For Processing Your Organics at Home
Mar 26 2020
Knowing Food Cycle is so important to many and helps prevent thousands of pounds of food scraps from going to landfills, we wanted to share four ways you can process your food waste at your home during the interim period when our Food Cycle program was on hold. 1. Ensure that you're maximizing the volume available in your bucket. This can be done by...
COVID-19 Related Updates from Solana Center
Mar 17 2020
*** Update as of April 23 *** We are excited to announce the re-opening of the Food Cycle program Thursday, April 23rd! With the current state of the COVID pandemic and the continued social distancing measures, we will be modifying our procedures for bucket exchange services so we can continue to collect your scraps safely and within social distance...
From the Rotline: Are All Biodegradable Plastic Containers Compostable?
Feb 19 2020
Q: What is the difference between biodegradable plastics and compostable plastics? A: Plastic that is compostable is biodegradable, but not every plastic that is biodegradable is compostable. Biodegradable plastic may be engineered to biodegrade in soil or water, whereas compostable plastic refers to biodegradation into soil conditioning material (i.e.,...
Passive or Active Composting: Which is right for you?
Feb 18 2020
When asked what’s keeping folks from starting to compost at home, one of the most common responses is that they lack the time to do it. Time is a precious resource in our modern lives, and living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle often takes extra effort. However, we at Solana Center always try to emphasize that there is a composting solution for...