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Posted on: October 2, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City of Eugene Rolls Out Residential Food Waste Program

Residential customers living within the Eugene incorporated City limits can now put their food scraps in their yard debris bins for collection and composting.


Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. Half of this food waste comes from homes. Composting this material helps divert a valuable resource from the landfill while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.


The implementation follows a successful three-year program piloted to a sample of 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods.


Educational outreach materials have been provided in the form of postcards, television and radio advertisements, YouTube videos, and social media posts, in addition to information available on the website.


Participation is Easy

Residential waste customers simply place food scraps into their yard debris bin for collection.


This program accepts food items only, including:

  • Plate scrapings
  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Plant trimmings
  • Dairy products
  • Baked Goods
  • Kitchen trimmings
  • Peels, rinds, pits

 Items NOT to include:

  • Pet waste
  • Produce stickers
  • Compostable bags, plastic bags, and other plastic products
  • Compostable serviceware (plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives, cups, etc.)
  • Napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, and tea bags
  • Pizza boxes and other paper products


Learn more about the Residential Food Waste Program.


Only plate scrapings, meat, bones, plant trimmings, dairy products, baked goods, and kitchen trimmin

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