A sustainable future requires transforming the way our community gets things done. We make change easier by offering programs and tools for residents to make more sustainable choices in the home. Programs listed below highlight waste prevention and recycling resources for residents in Eugene.
Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year, half of which comes from homes. Composting food waste allows us to use this material for something useful while also reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors.
Curbside recycling service is included in the cost of garbage collection. Most materials are commingled, with glass collected in a separate container. Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Any items that are not recyclable should not be placed in commingled recycling bins. For printable recycling resources click here for an informational flyer and click here for a commingled recycling poster.
Reducing your food waste footprint saves time, money, and the planet. Consider measuring your food waste for one week or even just one day. Use a bucket or bowl with a lid and instead of throwing your food scraps or spoiled food in the garbage, place them in the bin. Chances are, you’ll be surprised at how much ends up in there. Click here to try some food waste prevention tips and see if you can reduce how much food you throw away.
Thundercans Did you know garbage and recycling bins can remain on the curb for no more than 24 hours? It is a City Rule, but it is also who we are. We are residents of Eugene who contribute to more livable, less cluttered streets, and enjoy making a little thunder along the way.
There are lots of steps you can take to be more sustainable at home, like using alternative transportation, buying locally, making your home energy efficient, eating a plant based diet, conserving water and switching to EWEB Greenpower. Click the link to learn more about other sustainable practices.
The City of Eugene supports a variety of composting programs with the objective of increasing the amount of organic material being diverted from the landfill and into beneficial uses. We support educational programs for backyard composters, compost programs in area K-12 schools, and a commercial food compost program.