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.
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International markets impact the way recycling is processed in our area. Effective June 1, 2022, waste haulers that serve customers within the City of Eugene will began accepting an expanded 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, 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. You can also download our Recycling Flyer that shows what items are accepted and what items are not. Traducción al español aquí.
Please place the following items in commingled recycling bins:
Newspaper, ads and inserts, direct mail, magazines, and catalogues
Flattened cardboard boxes and empty pizza boxes
Cereal, cracker, and shoe boxes (chipboard)
Paperboard/cardboard egg cartons
Steel and aluminum cans
Certain plastic containers are accepted: beverage bottles and jugs, shampoo, hand soap, and other personal care and cleaning product bottles, condiment jars such as peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc.
Unbroken glass bottles and jars can be separated from the rest of your material and placed in the glass bin.
Items that are NOT accepted in our recycling stream:
Take out containers/boxes and single use cups/disposable coffee cups and lids
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 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.
Waste Prevention & Green Building
Waste Prevention & Green Building Program Manager, AIC