You know the four R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle) – now let’s talk about the three E’s:  Energy, Economy, and Environment. Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn’t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. When energy consumption goes down, production costs go down. Savings are passed on to the consumer, and when recycled products are purchased, a demand for more recycled goods is promoted. This improves the economy. Waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment, including the land, air, and water. Recycling reduces the need for more landfills, where harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released into the air and land. By recycling, you are actively improving the planet’s overall health by helping keep the air, water, and land clean. Visit the City of Eugene’s Recycling FAQ page to learn more.


Green Cart

Milk Jug recycling Eugene  PLASTIC – ONLY Plastic Milk Jugs (#2) or Clear Plastic Drink Bottles (water, soda or juice) can be accepted.

  • NO jugs, tubs or other containers of any kind with #1 – #7
  • NO Aseptic Packaging (soy/nut milk containers, juice boxes or milk cartons)
  • NO toys, hoses or items with metal parts
  • NO packing materials
  • NO plastic bags
  • NO Styrofoam
cardboard recycling Eugene  CARDBOARD – MUST BE FLATTENED – Corrugated boxes, cereal boxes, &      product packaging.

  • Pieces must NOT be larger than 3 feet by 3 feet in size.
  • NO waxed cardboard
  • NO boxes or containers with food residue (pizza boxes, etc)
newspaper removal Eugene PAPER – newspaper, magazines, junk mail, computer paper, paperback books,  phone books

  • NO shredded paper
  • NO paper milk cartons
  • NO paper cups (coffee, etc.)
  • NO paper plates
  • NO tissue paper
  • NO napkins
  • NO paper towels
aluminum recycling Eugene  TIN CANS & ALUMINUM FOIL – Clean soup & food cans, aluminum foil (crumpled into a ball no smaller than your fist)

  • NO aerosol cans
  • NO paint cans
  • NO chemical cans
  • NO auto or engine parts

Red Bin

GLASS – Jars & bottles only. Must be rinsed thoroughly.

  • NO broken glass or ceramic dishes
  • NO mirrors
  • NO light bulbs
MOTOR OIL – Motor oil, transmission fluid or hydraulic oil only. Must be in unbreakable one-gallon container with tight screw-on lid.

  • NO antifreeze, solvents or gasoline
  • NO cooking oils
  • We can accept up to 2 gallons per week

Learn more about what can and can not be recycled through our Recyclopedia.

Wondering what to do with the extra stuff you no longer need? Pass on your reusables! Scroll down or click here to check out our Reduce and Reuse Resources below.

What do I do with my old appliances and hazardous materials like gasoline and paint products?

Call (541) 607-2042 for info about disposing of your appliances, auto batteries, tires and metal auto parts. Call the Household Hazardous Waste Program at (541) 682-4120 for ways to dispose of gasoline, oil/gas mixtures, liquid paint, etc or click here for more info.

We often get asked, “What doesn’t go in the recycling?” This is a difficult question to answer because we would not be able to include everything. It is much easier to list the items that ARE accepted in the commingle recycling.

Some examples of items that we have found in green recycle carts that are NOT RECYCLABLE include:

ash trays, back packs, wooden chair, dryer sheets, diapers, clothing, Styrofoam, barbecue grill, quarts of oil, vacuum bags, wood, shoes, slippers, napkins, satellite dish, flowers, yard debris, bird seed, ashes, food, wicker basket, garden hoses, furniture, stuffed animals, toys, cigarettes, drywall, air conditioner filters, plant pots, dirt, weed cover, plants, power strip, bags of trash, insulation, paint cans, cat box, dryer lint, window blinds, pillows, cat litter, shower curtains, camping chair, oil jugs, neon lights, vinyl bags, oil rags, electronics, towels, tarps, belts, full bottles of soda, broom handles, air mattresses, carpet, vacuum hoses, air pumps, rugs, lawn chairs, house siding, slices of pizza, chair pads, pottery, hair, porcelain, sponges, welcome mat, blankets, car speakers, window screens, sheets, and carpet padding.

Reuse! It’s better for everyone! Maybe you’ve read that book a million times and are ready to pass it on or maybe your granddaughter has quickly grown out of her shoes-again. Instead of tossing reusable items into the landfill, consider passing them on to organizations that need donations.

Call the numbers below for details on local drop off locations, hours and accepted items or click to visit their websites!



Many used bookstores accept books. You can also donate some books to the Eugene and Springfield public libraries.