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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 supports food waste collection for commercial customers.
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 began 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, andlids 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 document is available.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)
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 are no longer be accepted in our recycling stream:
Any plastic item that isn’t a transparent bottle or milk jug
Aseptic containers (such as milk cartons or shelf stable soy milk containers)
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. Visit Waste Wise for more information!
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.
Learn more about our programs through these informative videos!
Love Food Not Waste: Recycling 101: Compost Residential Food Waste:
Waste Prevention & Green Building
Michael Wisth Solid Waste &
Green Building Program Manager
99 W. 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401