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. In addition, food scrap collection is offered for commercial customers. Click on the tabs below to access the information you need:
  1. Recycle & Compost in the Community
  2. Recycle & Compost at Home
  3. Recycle & Compost at Work
  4. Rules Rates & Regulations
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. Key elements focus on youth development and community livability.

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. Traducción al español aquí


Many commonly recycled items will still be accepted. 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

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.


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