Those who have residential garbage service now have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year and half of this food waste comes from homes. Composting food waste allows us to use this material for something useful while also reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. For program updates and to learn about our other programs, sign up for our quarterly newsletter.
How-to start Composting Food Waste
Place a sealable container in a convenient location in your kitchen.
Toss in all food scraps and plate scrapings in your kitchen pail.
Empty your kitchen pail into your yard debris bin, along with your yard debris. There will be no changes to your pickup schedule.
"Since I’ve started composting I’ve found that I also now separate some waste out to put in the freezer to make soups and stocks. Anything that doesn’t get saved for stocks gets composted and I never did that until this program!”
“I’m happy to report that the counter top compost bin is happily being used. Thanks again for facilitating the composting program. It’s making a very positive difference in my life, and I imagine for the community at large.”