Although the City advocates for recycling, improperly recycled items cause contamination that negatively impacts the entire recycling system. That’s why it’s better to put an unknown item in the trash than to risk putting trash in the recycling. Better yet, the City encourages contacting waste haulers directly to confirm whether specific items are acceptable. We realize that there are certain recyclables that get collected separately in our community that aren’t allowed in the commingle bin. For example, there are certain grocery stores in town that collect plastic bags to be recycled. These bags are sent to a special facility that can manage this type of waste. They are NOT allowed in the commingle bin, but there is a way to get these items recycled. The same goes for electronics, paint products, and wood waste.
If you are interested in finding out how to recycle your household food waste, see our residential food waste collection info. If you'd like to find out more about where you can recycle difficult items, we recommend checking out Lane County Waste Management’s list of difficult-to-recycle items.