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Recycling in Eugene

Curbside recycling service is included in the cost of garbage collection. Recycling commodities markets drive changes in the way that recycling is processed in our area. Most materials are commingled, with glass collected in a separate container. Below is an updated list of what can be recycled curbside as of June 1, 2022. All items must be clean.

Know Before You Throw

Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Any items that are not clearly listed in the section below should not be placed in commingled recycling bins. Items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, find out or 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.

In Your Commingled Container

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.

Separate From the Rest of Your Recycling

  • Glass- Unbroken bottles and jars only. They must be separated from the rest of your material and placed in the glass bin.
  • Used Motor Oil- Store in an unbreakable container with a screw top. Ask your hauler where to place the container.

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

Still have questions about recycling?  

Lane County's Waste Wise tool  can give you more information about what can be recycled and where.  Simply type the name of the items you have a question about recycling into the tool below.   This tool can also help you find out how to make an appointment to dispose of hazardous waste or report illegal dumping, and more.  

Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building

    Alex Reyna

    *Hablo español

    Waste Prevention Program Coordinator 

    Atrium Building

    99 W. 10th Ave.

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5034

    Fx: 541-682-5593