Our system was previously able to accept plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs in the Eugene commingle (most recyclables collected together) curbside recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but tubs are not. We are also no longer able to accept small pieces of paper such as paper shreds. Examples of items that are still not recyclable in our system include: plastic bags, dirty cardboard such as grease-stained pizza boxes, flower pots, rigid plastics such as clamshells (i.e. packaging that berries or restaurant leftovers are frequently packaged in), light bulbs, straws, all lids, plastic or other beverage cups, and broken glass. The following is a list of items that are no longer accepted in our recycling stream:
- Plastic tubs
- Any plastic item that isn't a transparent bottle or milk jug
- Aseptic containers (such as milk cartons or shelf stable soy milk containers)
- Shredded paper
Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids 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.