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Food Cycle Program

Prevent. Divert. Compost.
Solutions to a Growing Problem

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Interested in signing up? Fill out our interest form

What is Food Cycle?

Solana Center is proud to bring the Food Cycle Program to our community. We are able to accept community members’ food scraps and process these organic materials on-site to create a high-quality soil supplement. The Food Cycle Program (previously Community Compost Program or CCP) is a co-op where San Diego residents and small businesses collect their organic waste in buckets using the Bokashi method and then deliver it to Solana Center to be turned into a nutritious soil amendment and distributed back into the community. Part of the program allows the participants to collect finished compost for their home gardens.

Who should join?

Food Cycle is perfect for everyone, whether you’re collecting the food waste of one person in an apartment, 4 people in a house, 15 people in a small business, an event of 500 people, or anything in between. Everyone creates food waste, and Food Cycle can be the solution no matter your situation. We currently have individuals, households, businesses, and local governments enrolled--join them and be a part of the solution today!

Why should you get involved?

By participating in Food Cycle, a typical family of four will divert 45 lbs of food waste per month, which will prevent this material from going to the landfill. This is equivalent to keeping 32 lbs of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere and transforming the food waste into a healthy soil amendment for plants. 
 
Participating in Food Cycle raises awareness amongst participants about the type and quantity of food that gets wasted and typically leads to change in buying and cooking habits. This reduces the quantity of food waste generated, helping participants' pocketbooks and environment. All Food Cycle participants are default environmental leaders inspiring fellow community members to do their part to reduce food waste and their environmental footprint.

How does it work?

It's easy! Food Cycle members can add all types of food waste because we use the bokashi method of composting, which increases the types of acceptable waste. Bokashi pre-processing allows participants to dispose of all organic material (including proteins) and to retain until the bucket is full. This pre-composting step allows stockpiling for fewer drop-offs by participants and reduces potential odors and vectors. Find out more about bokashi here

  1. Sign up to join the Food Cycle Program by paying the $50 registration fee for residential customer. Businesses who are interested should contact Solana Center directly for business specific details and pricing.

  2. Come into the Solana Center to pick up your food collection 5-gallon bucket and bokashi bran

  3. Collect all food waste at home or in the office into the 5-gallon bucket. Sprinkle bokashi bran on top of every 2-3 inches of food waste and keep the lid sealed to reduce odors. Repeat until the bucket is full.

  4. Once the bucket is full, bring it back to Solana Center for processing and collect a new clean bucket. Compost processings fees are $5/bucket.

Check out our FAQ page if you have additional questions. Help us close the loop between organic waste and healthy soil in San Diego; enroll in our Food Cycle Program today! 

Interested in joining? Sign up for our interest list.

A few spots remain for Del Mar residents! Email Tori to sign up!

Learn more about donating food with the linked Too Good to Waste flyer.