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Posted on: April 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Changes to Acceptable Items in Eugene Area Recycling

April 2018 Updates to Acceptable Recycling ItemsRecent fluctuations on the international market have prompted changes to the local recycling stream. As of today, Eugene’s waste haulers will begin accepting a redefined list of items.


Items No Longer Accepted in Recycling Stream

  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic items numbered #3 through #7
  • Aseptic containers, previously allowed by some haulers (this includes paper cartons, such as for milk and orange juice)
  • Shredded paper


Other Items of Frequent Contamination Still Not Allowed

  • Plastic bags and plastic films of all kinds
  • Rigid plastics, such as take-out food containers and berry clamshells
  • Lids, such as from bottles, jars, and metal cans
  • Soiled cardboard and paper
  • Flower pots


Acceptable Items to Recycle

  • Paper:
    • Newspaper, including ads and inserts
    • Corrugated cardboard boxes
    • Direct mail
    • Cereal, cracker and shoe boxes (chipboard)
    • Office paper—copier and printer paper, file folders, note paper, computer paper, brochures
    • Magazines and catalogs
    • Paperboard/cardboard egg-cartons
  • Metal:
    • Steel (tin) cans
    • Aluminum cans
    • Clean foil balls, fist-sized or larger
  • Plastic:
    • Only the following plastic bottles and jugs: #1 PET & #2 HDPE soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, orange juice bottles and jugs

Additional Details

  • When Changes Go Into Effect: Haulers will begin educating customers and implementing the new changes starting April 9.
  • Where: This change affects residents in the City of Eugene.

Learn more about changes to Eugene area recyling

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