The yard debris cart provides a convenient method to have your material composted if you choose not to compost on-site. Many residents put diseased plant material in the yard debris cart with the understanding that the hot compost piles at the large compost facility can destroy all plant pathogens. It may also reduce your garbage bill if, by taking bulky plant materials out of your garbage container, you are able to reduce the size of your service.
And beginning October 1, 2019, customers citywide who have residential garbage service will have the option to also put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. And even if you are already a backyard composter, with this program, you can put items in your bin that should not go in your backyard compost pile like meat, bones, dairy, and grains.