Recycling and Solid Waste

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Residential households can put food waste in their yard debris bins.

Click here to learn more about residential curbside food waste collection.

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Waste Prevention & Green Building Program

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.

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. 

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, 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 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)
  • 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 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.


  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
    Atrium Building
    99 W. 10th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-6835
    Fx: 541-682-5593