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You know the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – now let’s talk about the three E’s: Energy, Economy, and Environment. Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn't have to produce something new from raw natural resources. When energy consumption goes down, production costs go down. Savings are passed on to the consumer, and when recycled products are purchased, a demand for more recycled goods is promoted. This improves the economy. Waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment, including the land, air, and water. Recycling reduces the need for more landfills, where harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released into the air and land. By recycling, you are actively improving the planet’s overall health by helping keep the air, water and land clean.
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.
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. FAQs and more information are available by clicking HERE. Traducción al español aquí. Recycling information flyer is available by clicking HERE.
The City of Eugene regulates solid waste, recycling and yard debris collection within the city limits. This includes licensing haulers, developing standards and setting rates for collection service. Standards for collection are contained in the Eugene City CodeOpens a New Window.and the Administrative RuleOpens a New Window.. Collection services are provided to businesses and residences by licensed haulers. Haulers may collect from any area in Eugene. To find a list of licensed haulers in Eugene click HERE.
Many items that may not be recyclable but that can be reused are often suitable for donation to community partners, such as used building materials, household goods, office supplies, clothing, furniture and more can be donated to local nonprofits. Items that are hazardous or are not reusable can be accepted at Lane County Waste Management's transfer station, or processed by other facilities. For more information on how to correctly dispose of hard to recycle items, click HERE.
Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids of any kind should never be placed in commingled recycling bins. Any items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, throw it out.
The City sets minimum rates and each licensed hauler may charge up to ten percent above that rate. For additional rate information, please see Residential Collection Rates or Commercial Collection Rates. More information on rates and regulations in Eugene can be located by clicking HERE. https://www.eugene-or.gov/436/Rules-Rates-Regulations