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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.

Our Mission

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit mobilizing the San Diego community through innovative outreach and consulting services for businesses and jurisdictions in order to address the region’s most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change.

    Annual Impact

    Last year we continued our efforts by:

    • Reaching 3,921+ San Diego County residents and students through our environmental education and community outreach programs including workshops, courses, and webinars even as Covid restrictions severely hampered our outreach ability.
    • Addressing more than 697 environmental inquiries
    • Managing a strong, dedicated community of volunteers who logged 663+ volunteer hours 
    • Training 138 Master Composters who become community volunteers and composting advocates
    • Continuing to add capacity and infrastructure to divert 365,255+ pounds of organic waste from landfills through education, community compost program
    • Diverting 39,642 pounds of e-waste/u-waste from landfills and 
    • Saving more than 112,450 gallons of rainwater from becoming runoff through rain barrel sales


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