After October 1, 2019, what can I put in my yard debris bin?

All food can be composted, including meat, bones, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggshells, beans, bread, pasta, rice and other grains, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and other plate scrapings. If you can eat it, you can put it in the bin. All yard debris like lawn trimmings, leaves, and other plant material will continue to be accepted. To create quality compost at the end of the food waste recycling process, it needs to be free of non-compostable material, like plastic, freezer boxes, napkins, pet waste, diapers, glass, treated wood, or other garbage and non-plant materials. Even items such as utensils, plates, and bowls that are labeled as compostable or non-food items that are labeled biodegradable are not allowed in the food waste/yard debris bin. Please be sure to remove stickers from produce as well, as they don’t break down at the composting center. To keep the compost “clean,” we ask that customers include only food waste and yard debris in their bins.

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1. Why is the City of Eugene implementing citywide residential food waste collection?
2. What curbside collection changes will happen in Eugene?
3. What happens to residential food waste and yard debris that is collected by the haulers?
4. How much does this program cost?
5. After October 1, 2019, what can I put in my yard debris bin?
6. How should food scraps be separated from garbage?
7. How do I keep my kitchen container and food waste/yard debris cart clean?
8. What about products labeled compostable or biodegradable? Can I put them in?
9. What if I am already a backyard composter?
10. Will this attract pests?
11. Will this smell bad?
12. How do I get more information?