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Mission, Impact & Fundraising

In 1983, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (then Solana Recyclers) pioneered the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in San Diego County and one of the first community-based recycling programs in the State of California.

Recently, in the last three years combined, Solana Center composting programs have enabled the diversion of an estimated 6 million pounds of organic waste from the landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 11,500 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent, and returning valuable nutrients back to the soil without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers.

Annual Impact

Last year we continued our efforts by:

  • Reaching 12,000+ San Diego County residents and 4,000+ students through our environmental education and community outreach programs, even as Covid restrictions severely hampered our outreach ability.
  • Teaching more than 1,000 people at workshops, courses, and webinars
  • Addressing more than 1,300 environmental inquiries
  • Managing a strong, dedicated community of volunteers who logged 1,400+ volunteer hours 
  • Training 77 Master Composters who become community volunteers and composting advocates
  • Continuing to add capacity and infrastructure to divert 300,000+ pounds of organic waste from landfills
  • Saving more than 40,000 gallons of rainwater from becoming runoff through rain barrel sales

Fundraising

Solana Center is proud to share that a majority of our fundraising funds go directly back into our educational programs.