Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. About half of this food waste comes from homes. Reducing food waste will keep Oregon beautiful for future generations. Residential food waste collection reduces waste sent to the landfill which decreases greenhouse gas emissions, and helps achieve statewide and local waste reduction goals. 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. 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.