Happy Holidays from Solana Center!
Winter 2017 Newsletter
Update from our Executive Director
In the coming year, look for our new outdoor education pavilion at the Eco Learning Lab, a public awareness campaign about marine debris, and expanded programming on diverting surplus food from businesses and homes. We will also be enhancing our volunteer programming, creating more opportunities for community impact. Finally...I’m so thankful for the support and guidance of our Board. This year, we’ve added new board members and elected new officers.
Tumblers are composting bins that are manually flipped, spun, rolled or crank-turned for aeration, depending on the style. These bins do not require turning with a pitchfork or auger, instead, the entire compost bin is turned for aeration.
There are several different types of tumbler composters, as we've listed in the associated blog. Above is a spinning tumbler at Cardiff Elementary School, being managed by Solana Center Master Composters and volunteers. Both the City of San Diego and unincorporated County of San Diego offer vouchers for subsidized spinning tumblers as well as other types of composting bins.
"I love my new Solana Center composting kitchen caddy, but I’ve recently noticed an intruder that’s even more excited about my kitchen caddy than I am: fruit flies! The flies swarm around my caddy, especially when I open it to add scraps to my caddy. I’m worried that they’re reproducing and will become a greater nuisance than they already are. Do you have any advice on how to battle these uninvited guests?"
Get Rain Barrels for ONLY $55 After Rebate!
Get 50-gallon rain barrels at the discounted price of $90 (retail price is $129). After rebate, you pay only $55 (that's a 40% saving).
Back in time for winter's wetter months, we've restarted our rain barrel sales for pick up at Solana Center.
We provide everything you need to set your rain barrel up at home, as well as help to get your rebate. Harvesting rainwater in rain barrels is an excellent way to reduce potable water used in landscape maintenance and to prevent polluted runoff from entering our local waterways. Check out the video about our program.
3 EASY STEPS
Since not everyone is able to have their own compost piles, Solana Center is proud to bring the Community Compost program to Encinitas businesses and households. In this County-approved program, we accept food scraps and process these organic materials on-site to create a high-quality soil supplement.
Solana Center makes it easy to recycle your e-waste! We're excited to announce that we are expanding our e-waste collection for North County residents and businesses.
Free E-Waste Collection
We offer FREE e-waste collection at Solana Center at our main office, located at 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM - 4 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM - 12 PM. View our office hours or contact us to make an appointment.
Free Business E-Waste Pickup
We provide a FREE e-waste pick up service to businesses in coastal North County cities every 3rd Wednesday from 10 AM - 2 PM. Register online to get your e-waste picked-up for free at the next collection. Someone will contact you early in the week of pick-up to confirm pick-up.
San Diego Business Journal Honors Jessica Toth
Solana Center for Environmental Innovations’ Executive Director, Jessica Toth, has been named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of its 100 outstanding women business leaders.
Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes women business leaders who are making a difference in their workplaces and communities, as business leaders, mentors and community supporters. The 2017 Business Women of the Year Awards program celebrates its 24th year in honoring the exceptional women who have made a difference in San Diego’s business, cultural and civic scene. Nominations are judged on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishment and community leadership.
Eco-friendly Holiday Gifts
Skip the mall and pick up a green gift from Solana Center this holiday. We are your local source for worm bins, composting supplies, rain barrels, and more! Check out the items we sell out of our Encinitas location.
How did you find Solana Center?
My relationship with Solana Center began a very long time ago, when it was known as Solana Recyclers. I was a kindergarten teacher at Bay Park Elementary School. Somehow, I connected with the volunteer coordinator at that time and asked her to come do a recycling and worm composting presentation, for my kindergarten class. That was when I fell in love with worms and so did my students. We immediately began composting our lunch scraps. Sometime during the next few years we received a large worm bin from Solana Center. Our entire school began recycling lunch scraps. It was a ton of work and lots of fun getting the students engaged in the process.
Did you know you can give back to Solana Center when you shop this holiday (and every day throughout the year)? Just log on to smile.amazon.com and designate Solana Center as your recipient when you do your holiday shopping.
You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Solana Center in honor of someone special this holiday season.
Christmas trees are a great source of carbon and nitrogen for composting. However, it is very difficult to compost Christmas trees on your own unless you have a chipping system in your backyard. If you can't compost it -- recycle it! Recycling Christmas trees is easy and there are drop-off locations, as well as pick up service, for residents throughout San Diego County.
Thank You to Our Sponsors & Donors
- Jana Birch
- John Wick
- Kristin MacLeod
- Maureen Moss & Bill Pultz