Practicing waste prevention and waste reduction in our daily lives is a great way to reduce carbon impact and protect our environment. During the holidays, we can reduce our impact by reusing and recycling typical items, but some things can be tricky and more wasteful.* We’re fortunate to have local recycling and reusing options.
These items don’t belong in your recycling bin but they can be recycled/reused at these Eugene locations:
Block Styrofoam: St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, 2167 West 11th Avenue svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/
Electronics: Next Step Recycling, 245 Jackson Street nextsteprecycling.org/contact.html
Foil or plastic coated gift wrap & gift bags: MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts) 449 Willamette Street materials-exchange.org/ways-to-give/donate/materials-wishlist/
Ribbons & bows: MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts) 449 Willamette Street
String lights: Next Step Recycling, 245 Jackson Street svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/
Have more recycling questions? Download the free WasteWise Lane County app, available in the App Store, for information on where to recycle or reuse common household materials.
*According to a 2021 analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans generate 23% more waste in December than in other months of the year.
Brought to you by:
Sarah Grimm is the Waste Reduction Specialist for Lane County Public Works.
She is an avid gardener, flyfisher and lover of the great outdoors.