Yes! Cardboard that is free of waxes or other finishes and completely free of all food or oil residue can go in your mixed recycling bin. However, any contaminated part is not recyclable.
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Furniture or other reusable items such as tools or housewares in good condition can be donated to a variety of local organizations. Please see our resources list for more information. For items not suitable for donation and too large for the on-site garbage container, talk to your property manager about arranging for a pick-up from one of the City’s licensed haulers.
Please see our resources list for more information.
Do not put hazardous waste in the garbage or recycling containers. Please see our resources list for more information on where to bring materials such as prescription drugs, non-alkaline batteries, and other hazardous wastes like motor oil.
Styrofoam must be processed separately. Residents may be able to recycle a garbage bag full of Styrofoam at any St. Vincent de Paul store. You may access the following external link for more information: https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/
No. Plastic flatware, including compostable flatware, is not recyclable.
No. Our system in Eugene is currently shape-based and an item’s recyclability cannot be determined by the number. For the most up-do-date information about what is currently recyclable, please visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/1470/Recycling.
After it is picked up, recycling is taken to be sorted and sold for processing.
No. Unfortunately plastic flower pots and planters are not recyclable in our system. They are considered rigid plastics. However, local home improvement stores or plant nurseries might accept these for reuse.
No. Lids are not recyclable in our system—not even the metal lids from cans. They must go in the garbage, since their shape can cause malfunctions in the shape-based sorting machinery.
No. This rigid plastic, also known as “brittle plastic”, will contaminate our waste stream. This is true even if it has the recycling symbols and numbers on it.
No. Plastic bags and other thin films damage processing machines and must be cut out by hand. Please help keep workers and our environment safe: Do not put plastic bags of any kind in the recycling, and do not bag your recycling. Many grocery stores offer free recycling at their locations. A location-finder tool is available here: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/
No. Clamshells, such as strawberry containers, are considered rigid plastics and are not recyclable in our system.
When non-recyclable items are included in the recycling stream, this can cause equipment damage, worker safety hazards, and environmental damage when entire loads have to be diverted to the landfill.
Yard debris, such as leaves, cannot go in the recycle bin and should be put in the yard waste bin.
At this time, customers who have individual residential garbage service now have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. For tenants of multifamily buildings that do not have access to individual garbage service, limited amounts and types of food waste may be collected and composted in a backyard composter, if one is available.