Recycling and Solid Waste

Recycling and Solid Waste Programs in Eugene

The City of Eugene sets rates and standards for garbage, yard debris and recycling collection service inside the City limits, and support food waste collection for commercial customers. Supporting a livable and prosperous community is our core emphasis in developing educational and community partnerships. We promote and enhance local outreach efforts that advance conservation as an essential community value.  


Waste Prevention & Green Building Program

Supporting a livable and prosperous community is our core emphasis in developing educational and community partnerships. Please sign up for our newsletter, find the latest information on recycling in Eugene, or let us know if you have any questions.


Fix-it Fair on Saturday, December 1st at the Lane Events Center!

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Waste Prevention & Green Building Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Biennial Report







The future of our community depends on meaningful and transformative progress. 


We support organizations as agents of positive change by offering technical support, template tools, and incentives to support sustainable practices. 


This report is a reflection of the work done from July 2015 to June 2017.



EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: IMPORTANT CHANGES TO EUGENE AREA RECYCLING
International market fluctuations are driving changes in the way recycling is processed in our area.  Effective April 9, 2018, the waste haulers that serve customers within the City of Eugene will begin only accepting a redefined list of items for recycling. FAQs and more information are available by clicking HERE.


Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids of any kind should never be placed in commingled recycling bins.  Any items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, throw it out. A PDF of this updated recycling document is available HERE. Traducción al español aquí.


Please continue to place the following items in commingled recycling bins:

  • Newspaper, ads and inserts, direct mail, magazines, and catalogues
  • Flattened cardboard boxes
  • Cereal, cracker, and shoe boxes  (chipboard)
  • Office paper
  • Paperboard/cardboard egg cartons
  • Steel and aluminum cans
  • Certain plastic bottles and jugs will still be accepted: transparent soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, and juice bottles.

Items that will no longer be 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

If you are unsure whether or not an item is recyclable, you can find out by asking the Garbage Guru. Lane County's tool, the Garbage Guru allows you to enter an item into the database and it will tell you how to recycle it or dispose of it. Ask the Garbage Guru!


Spotlight

  1. Learn more about our programs through these informative videos!

    Love Food Not Waste:          Recycling 101: Compost     Residential Food Waste:

    Love Food Not Waste Video   Grassroots Garden - Compost Video  LFNWVidResi

Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building


    Michael Wisth
    Solid Waste & 
    Green Building Program Manager, AIC
    Atrium Building
    99 W. 10th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-6835
    Fx: 541-682-5593

    Email