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Supporting a livable and prosperous community is our core emphasis in developing educational and community partnerships. We promote and enhance local outreach efforts that advance conservation as an essential community value, with a focus on youth development and community livability.


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. If you do produce food waste, beginning October 1, 2019, if you are a residential solid waste customer, you will have the option to put food waste in your yard debris bin. And if you already compost at home, you can put items in your yard debris bin that you wouldn’t want to compost at home, such as meat and bones. For more information, check out our Curbside Compost Program.


The City of Eugene invests in our community by partnering with local education institutions, nonprofits, and community groups to promote waste prevention and resource conservation for residents of all ages. Many schools and educational nonprofits organizations receive City funding to provide services to Eugene residents.


Sustainable Events

Sustainable events have the opportunity to create a positive community legacy through purchasing decisions, energy conservation, and waste reduction efforts. Events can engage the community in sustainability efforts and inspire people to take action in their daily lives.  The City of Eugene encourages event planners and sponsors to invest in sustainable event management practices which supports the City’s goal of sustainable development with a Triple Bottom Line approach, considering the environment, economy, and equity.


Recycling in Eugene

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.


The City of Eugene has produced a series of Fix-It Fairs, inviting the community to get items repaired at no cost. Volunteers and professionals have provided free repairs and coaching to attendees, and  repair services have been available for a variety of products, including small appliances, tools, clothing and textiles, small electronics, home and garden tools, furniture, and toys.  In 2019, the City partnered with the ToolBox Project, Eugene's tool lending library, to continue to provide Fix it Fairs and educational repair and reuse workshops to the community.  


ToolBox Project

The ToolBox Project is a volunteer-driven tool-lending library open to Eugene residents. This local nonprofit provides repair and reuse education to residents in our area and low-cost access to building repair and garden tools to transform homes, businesses and neighborhoods and increase community resilience. 


Sustainable Consumption

Click here to learn more about work being done that examines what action cities can take to promote sustainable consumption at the community scale. 


Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building

    Deveron Musgrave
    Waste Prevention & 
    Green Building Analyst
    Atrium Building
    99 W. 10th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-6842
    Fx: 541-682-5593