What items are accepted into commingled curbside recycling collection?

In Eugene, curbside recycling service is commingled (most recyclables collected together in a single curbside bin), with glass collected in a separate container. Below is an updated list of what can be recycled curbside as of April 9, 2018. All items must be clean.

Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system.  Any items that are not clearly listed below as recyclable should not be placed in commingled recycling bins.


Recycling Instructions

  • Cardboard: Flatten cardboard and make sure it is clean. No waxed cardboard allowed.
  • Paper: Mix all paper including newspaper, ads and inserts, magazines, catalogues, direct mail, and office paper together in your commingled recycling cart.
  • Plastics: Only certain bottles and jugs are recyclable:  transparent soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, and juice bottles. NO lids.
  • Tin and aluminum cans: Food and beverage cans only. NO aerosol cans, paint cans or chemical cans.

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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?