Eugene’s curbside food waste collection program adds the third of four total pilot areas in a section of the Bethel neighborhood this week. The area will add about 470 households to the pilot program that allows participants to have their food waste collected for composting rather than sending it to the landfill. The pilot area is south of Barger Drive and north of Royal Avenue.
The Bethel pilot follows the Friendly area, which began in September, and the Harlow area,which began in November. The fourth and final area will begin in summer of this year in a section of South University. During the course of the pilot program, participants in each pilot area will have an opportunity to give input and feedback through surveys conducted by the City of Eugene. This valuable input and data collected during the pilot will help the City of Eugene create a city-wide food waste collection program in the future that works for everyone.
Eugene tosses over 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill. Half of this waste comes from homes. Composting food waste instead of sending it to the landfill helps keep Oregon beautiful for future generations, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and turns waste into something useful. This pilot program builds off of the success of Eugene’s commercial composting program, Love Food Not Waste®. Over 200 local businesses and schools, have already been reducing waste by sending food scraps to be composted. To date, over 8,400 tons of food waste has been converted to compost and biogas.
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