There remain some opportunities for plastic bags – click this link to find locations or check your local grocery store for a collection container.
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Computers, monitors, TVs and laptops are banned from landfills in the State of Oregon. Lane County Waste Management participates in a state-wide program offering free electronics recycling for less than seven items. They will also take other electronic items not covered under the state’s E-Cycles program. To find other collectors participating in the E-Cycles program visit the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Oregon E-Cycles website.
PaintCare, a new nonprofit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and disposal of unused paint, is the best way to get rid of all those extra paint cans around your house. The program is funded by fees imposed on new paint, which is passed on to consumers. Find the location of a participating business near you. Lane County Waste Management will continue to collect used paint by appointment.
No. Paper coffee cups are not allowed in Eugene’s mixed recycling. Almost all paper coffee cups are lined with plastic (to keep the beverage from leaking through) which makes these cups both non-recyclable and non-compostable – they have to go in the trash. Additionally, any paper product that has food residue on it cannot be recycled (for example, the bottom of pizza boxes if there is grease/cheese/etc. on the bottom).
For the majority of household hazardous waste, Lane County Waste Management accepts hazardous waste from residents free of charge by appointment only, every Thursday morning and two Saturdays a month. Call 541-682-3111 to schedule an appointment. For batteries and florescent bulbs and lamps, check with your favorite hardware retailer. Many of them have take-back programs available.
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Oregon. They offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. They will pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in Oregon, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon. Since they are a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, you also receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your charity vehicle donation. Contact them through their website. Additionally,a recently launched charity donation program called Cars To Cure Breast Cancer, is benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Cars to Cure Breast Cancer accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer. Their phone number is 1-855-450-2873.
Event recycling is available through a partnership with Lane County Waste Management. They can provide blue recycle and green compost bins to events that wish to recycle but do not have the equipment. For more information, or to borrow bins from Lane County Waste Management Division, contact Kelly Bell, at 541.682.4339.
A limited number of food, recycling or trash bins can also be reserved through the City’s Waste Prevention program by filling out this form.
Lane County Waste management offers an online tool and app called Waste Wise that can help you locate additional recycling, reuse, and diversion resources.