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Recycling in Eugene

Curbside recycling service is included in the cost of garbage collection. International market changes are driving changes in the way that recycling is processed in our area. Most materials are commingled, with glass collected in a separate container. Below is an updated list of what can be recycled curbside as of April 9, 2018. All items must be clean.


Know Before You Throw

Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Any items that are not clearly listed in the section below should not be placed in commingled recycling bins. Items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, find out or throw it out.


If you are unsure whether or not an item is recyclable, you can find out by using Lane County’s tool, Waste Wise, which allows you to enter an item into the database and it will tell you how to recycle it or dispose of it. Visit Waste Wise for more information and download their App! You can also download our Recycling Flyer that shows what items are accepted and what items are not. Traducción al español aquí.



In Your Commingled Container

  • Paper- Mix all paper including newspaper, ads and inserts, magazines, chipboard, catalogues, direct mail, and office paper
  • Cardboard egg cartons and flattened cardboard boxes; please ensure they are clean. No waxed cardboard allowed.
  • Tin and aluminum cans- Food and beverage cans only. NO aerosol cans, paint cans or chemical cans.
  • Certain plastic bottles and jugs will still be accepted: transparent soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, and juice bottles.
  • Plastics- Only certain bottles and jugs are recyclable: transparent soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, and juice bottles. NO lids.

Separate From the Rest of Your Recycling

  • Glass- Unbroken bottles and jars only. They must be separated from the rest of your material and placed in the glass bin.
  • Used Motor Oil- Store in an unbreakable container with a screw top. Ask your hauler where to place the container.

Items that are No Longer Accepted in our Recycling Stream:

  • Plastic tubs
  • Any plastic item that isn’t a transparent bottle or milk jug
  • Aseptic containers (such as milk cartons or shelf stable soy milk containers)
  • Shredded paper


Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building


    Ben Zublin 
    Waste Prevention Program Coordinator
    Atrium Building
    99 W. 10th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5034
    Fx: 541-682-5593

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