Which plastics can I recycle now?

Our system was previously only able to accept transparent plastic bottles in the Eugene commingle recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but as of June 1, 2022, all #1 and #2 plastics including jugs (such as for milk, vinegar, or bleach), plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes), and plastic bottles (like beverages, shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling. 

  •  Check the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention web page for any recycling questions you have.
  • Absolutely do not put plastic bags of any kind in your recycling container at home. Putting them in the recycling bin causes major problems at the sorting facilities – it gets caught up in conveyors, and they must stop and pull them out. That not only costs money, but it’s also dangerous for the workers. Check your local grocery store for bag collection options.
  • Do not place plastic lids, clamshell take out containers, flower pots, plastic buckets or any other item that is not accepted in the commingled recycling bins.

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1. How do I order residential garbage and recycling service?
2. Why should I recycle?
3. Is food waste collection available in the City of Eugene?
4. What items are accepted into commingled curbside recycling collection?
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 plastic 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?