What is an Aerated Static Pile (ASP)?

Have you seen us mention ASP compost before and wondering what it means? ASP stands for aerated static pile which is a powerful system that uses large pipes to circulate air from fans through the pile, eliminating the need to physically aerate the composting organic material. This system can manage large quantities of waste and makes it particularly suitable…

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5 Ways to Heat Up Your Compost Pile – Even in Winter!

Want to get finished compost faster? You may want to try increasing the internal temperature of your backyard bin! Contrary to popular belief, compost piles do not heat up or drop in temperature due to atmospheric conditions (i.e. sun exposure, warm weather or cold weather) but rather, as a result of heat generation by specialized…

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Construya Su Propio Contenedor de Lombrices

Crees que no tienes espacio para hacer una composta — jardín chico, apartamento o habitante de condo? ¿Qué te parece un contenedor de lombrices? ¡Vamos, no hagas esa cara! Es fácil hacer un contenedor de lombrices. No huelen mal, son una buena forma de reciclar comida y es muy divertido (a los niños les encantan).…

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From the Rotline: Are all Biodegradable Plastics Compostable?

Rotline Question: What is the difference between biodegradable plastics and compostable plastics? Answer: 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., compost) under a certain set…

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Join the Kitchen Caddy Challenge!

putting food into kitchen caddy for composting

We’re encouraging you to join the Kitchen Caddy Challenge! Why a Kitchen Caddy Challenge?  For even a single day, setting aside the amount of organic food waste you produce in your kitchen into a portable caddy or bowl separate from the trash receptacle can be an eye-opening endeavor. If you commonly throw organic waste such as food scraps or…

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Food Cycle Participant Spotlight: Nicole & Mike of Sustainability Saturday

Solana Center is proud to bring the Food Cycle program to our community. The program makes it possible for community members to divert organic materials from landfills without having to compost it on their own. Participants simply collect their food scraps and organic materials and bring them to the Center for processing on-site to create…

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Sifting Compost: What a Fine Idea

Our fervent followers may have noticed and supported our recent trommel fundraising campaign for the Food Cycle program. Thanks to generous donations the trommel was fully funded and is now benefiting Food Cycle “tromm”endously. We are extraordinarily grateful. While our fundraising pitch explained that a trommel can expedite the composting process, we’d like to share…

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From the Rotline: Do red wigglers belong in my backyard compost bin?

Rotline Question:   Should I put red wiggler worms in my backyard compost bin? Answer:   This is a question that comes up often when folks visit our store to purchase composting worms, and we often have to urge folks not to add worms to their backyard bin. The reason lies in the fundamental differences between traditional…

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Easy Ways to Rat and Critter-Proof Your Compost Bin

A common misconception and one we are often asked about is whether composting will attract rats.  Rats are quite prevalent in San Diego, particularly roof (or tree) rats.  Palm tree and other dense vegetation (bougainvillea, honeysuckle) provide ideal habitats. Food is often supplied from fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and bird feeders. It is important to note…

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Can Weeds be Composted?

 April showers bring May flowers but March showers just seem to bring WEEDS! We’ve being getting lots of questions about putting those weeds into a compost pile. There is not a simple yes or no answer to this query. Weeds have many nutrients so they are a great addition to the compost pile, but you…

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