Is food waste collection available in the City of Eugene?

In 2012, the City of Eugene and area businesses teamed up to make sure that food scraps turn into valuable compost instead of take up space in our landfill by supporting the collection of food scraps of ALL kinds (meat bones, and dairy included) for local businesses.  This service is provided through our community's local, licensed trash haulers. 

The City has also launched and is monitoring a two-year residential food waste collection pilot to test curbside food waste collection for residents, totaling about 1,500 households. Residents in the study areas are able to put their food waste in with their current yard debris bins instead of in the garbage. This pilot test will help us learn the best way to expand the program and make sure it works for all Eugene residents.

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1. Why should I recycle?
2. Is food waste collection available in the City of Eugene?
3. What items are accepted into commingled curbside recycling collection?
4. How can I find a garbage hauler?
5. How do I properly dispose of and/or recycle items that are not accepted into the commingled recycling bins?
6. Where can I find out more about garbage hauling rates in Eugene?
7. What are the main changes to curbside commingle recycling in Eugene?
8. Why are certain items, such as margarine tubs or milk cartons, no longer accepted in commingled recycling?
9. Which plastics can I recycle now?
10. What type of plastic jugs are recyclable in Eugene?
11. Can color-tinted soda and other transparent plastic drink bottles go in the commingle recycling bin?
12. Why does the City recommend, "When in doubt, find out or throw it out?"
13. Should I stockpile certain plastic items until I am able to recycle them again?
14. What are some other options if I can’t recycle the plastics I have?
15. What does “contamination” mean in recycling?
16. Why isn’t the cost of waste hauling service going down?
17. Why is there a cost to recycling service if haulers sell the materials collected?
18. I’ve heard that recycling is getting sent to landfills. Is this true?
19. What happens to stuff in recycling bins that isn't recyclable?
20. Why aren’t there more options to recycle this stuff locally or at least domestically?