Recycling and Solid Waste
Eugene Area Recycling
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. You can also download our Recycling Flyer that shows what items are accepted and what items are not. Traducción al español aquí.
Please visit our Recycling information page for more information.
Please place the following items in commingled recycling bins:
- Newspaper, ads and inserts, direct mail, magazines, and catalogues
- Flattened cardboard boxes and empty pizza boxes
- Cereal, cracker, and shoe boxes (chipboard)
- Office paper
- Paperboard/cardboard egg cartons
- Steel and aluminum cans
- Certain plastic containers are accepted: beverage bottles and jugs, shampoo, hand soap, and other personal care and cleaning product bottles, condiment jars such as peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc.
Unbroken glass bottles and jars can be separated from the rest of your material and placed in the glass bin.
Items that are NOT accepted in our recycling stream:
- Plastic tubs
- Take out containers/boxes and single use cups/disposable coffee cups and lids
- Aseptic containers (such as milk cartons or shelf stable soy milk containers)
- Shredded paper
If you are unsure whether or not an item is recyclable, you can find out by visiting Lane County’s Waste Wise tool , which allows you to enter an item into the database and it will tell you how to recycle it or dispose of it.
Recycling and Solid Waste Programs in Eugene
The City of Eugene sets rates and standards for garbage, yard debris, and recycling collection service inside the City limits. We also support food waste collection for residential and commercial customers. Our program works to support a livable and prosperous community and to develop educational and community partnerships. We promote and enhance local outreach efforts that advance conservation as an essential community value. Please sign up for our newsletter, find the latest information on recycling in Eugene, or let us know if you have any questions.
- How do I order residential garbage and recycling service?
- Why should I recycle?
- Is food waste collection available in the City of Eugene?
- What items are accepted into commingled curbside recycling collection?
- How do I properly dispose of and/or recycle items that are not accepted into the commingled recycling bins?
- Where can I find out more about garbage hauling rates in Eugene?
- What are the main changes to curbside commingle recycling in Eugene?
- Why are certain items, such as margarine tubs or milk cartons, no longer accepted in commingled recycling?
- Which plastics can I recycle now?
- What type of plastic jugs are recyclable in Eugene?
- Can plastic bottles go in the commingle recycling bin?
- Why does the City recommend, "When in doubt, find out or throw it out?"
- Should I stockpile certain plastic items until I am able to recycle them again?
- What are some other options if I can’t recycle the plastics I have?
- What does “contamination” mean in recycling?
- Why isn’t the cost of waste hauling service going down?
- Why is there a cost to recycling service if haulers sell the materials collected?
- I’ve heard that recycling is getting sent to landfills. Is this true?
- What happens to stuff in recycling bins that isn't recyclable?
- Why aren’t there more options to recycle this stuff locally or at least domestically?