What are the main changes to curbside commingle recycling in Eugene?

Since 2018, our system was previously only able to accept transparent plastic bottles in the Eugene commingle recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but as of June 1, 2022, all #1 and #2 plastics including jugs (such as milk, vinegar, or bleach jugs), plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes containers), and plastic bottles (like those for shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling. Empty pizza boxes are also now accepted. 

 

Examples of items are still not recyclable in our system include: plastic tubs, plastic bags, flower pots, rigid plastics such as plastic clamshells (i.e. packaging that berries or restaurant leftovers are frequently packaged in), light bulbs, straws, lids, plastic or other beverage cups, to-go boxes, and broken glass.


Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids of any kind should never be placed in commingled recycling bins. Any items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, throw it out.

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1. How do I order residential garbage and recycling service?
2. Why should I recycle?
3. Is food waste collection available in the City of Eugene?
4. What items are accepted into commingled curbside recycling collection?
5. How do I properly dispose of and/or recycle items that are not accepted into the commingled recycling bins?
6. Where can I find out more about garbage hauling rates in Eugene?
7. What are the main changes to curbside commingle recycling in Eugene?
8. Why are certain items, such as margarine tubs or milk cartons, no longer accepted in commingled recycling?
9. Which plastics can I recycle now?
10. What type of plastic jugs are recyclable in Eugene?
11. Can plastic bottles go in the commingle recycling bin?
12. Why does the City recommend, "When in doubt, find out or throw it out?"
13. Should I stockpile certain plastic items until I am able to recycle them again?
14. What are some other options if I can’t recycle the plastics I have?
15. What does “contamination” mean in recycling?
16. Why isn’t the cost of waste hauling service going down?
17. Why is there a cost to recycling service if haulers sell the materials collected?
18. I’ve heard that recycling is getting sent to landfills. Is this true?
19. What happens to stuff in recycling bins that isn't recyclable?
20. Why aren’t there more options to recycle this stuff locally or at least domestically?