What materials can go in my yard debris cart?

If it grows, it goes. Acceptable materials include:

  • Branches up to 4 inches in diameter
  • Garden and fruit tree discards
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plants, even diseased and poisonous
  • Root wads
  • Small stumps

Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. Acceptable materials include all food:

  • Meat, bones, poultry, and seafood
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Beans
  • Bread
  • Pasta, rice and other grains
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds (no filters) and
  • Other plate scrapings.

If you can eat it, you can put it in the bin.

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.

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1. Can I put food waste into my yard debris container and have it picked up by my garbage hauler?
2. Why should I use a yard debris cart?
3. What materials can go in my yard debris cart?
4. What items cannot go in the yard debris cart?
5. How often is yard debris collected?
6. Why should I use my yard debris cart for leaves, instead of putting them in the street?
7. What does yard debris removal cost?
8. Can I have more than one container?
9. If I don’t have garbage service, can I still get yard debris service?