Recycling and Solid Waste

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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. We also support food waste collection for residential and commercial customers. Our program works to support a livable and prosperous community and to develop educational and community partnerships. We promote and enhance local outreach efforts that advance conservation as an essential community value.  Please sign up for our newsletter, find the latest information on recycling in Eugene, or let us know if you have any questions.

Did you receive a postcard inviting you to take a survey about recycling in Eugene recently?

The survey is being performed by EMC Research, a national market research and data analytics firm that we are collaborating with to collect information via survey to inform the development of a recycling related public awareness and education campaign. 

EMC Research is an independent opinion research firm that we are collaborating with for the purposes of this survey. They are a trusted, scientific firm, and it is guaranteed that your opinions and the information you provide will remain completely confidential and will be used for research purposes only. 

The survey was developed collaboratively by EMC Research and Waste Prevention program staff, incorporating the results of focus groups performed on the topic, and input from regional waste prevention and recycling partners.

If you've been invited to participate in the survey, we encourage you to to do so.  The information collected from this survey will help us further understanding community awareness and access to recycling service, recycling education and recycling information materials, and engagement with recycling program information across demographic sectors. 

For questions about the survey, please contact Waste Prevention Program Manager, Deveron Musgrave, at 541-682-6842.

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Important Information for 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. Please visit our Recycling information page for more information.

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. You can also download our Recycling Flyer that shows what items are accepted and what items are not. 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 are 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 visiting Lane County’s Waste Wise tool , which allows you to enter an item into the database and it will tell you how to recycle it or dispose of it.

Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building

    Deveron Musgrave

    Waste Prevention & Green Building Program Manager, AIC

    Atrium Building

    99 W. 10th Ave.

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-6842

    Fx: 541-682-5593