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Eugene Will Pilot Curbside Food Waste Collection


Eugene will start a pilot residential food waste collection program this fall. City Counselors will get an update at their work session Monday.

Michael Wisth is the city’s waste prevention analyst. He says they’ll ask 1,400 households to participate. They’ll put food waste in their yard debris container for pickup curbside. Wisth says it’s a 2 ½ year pilot that will start in September.
“We’re using it as a way to fine-tune best practices for residential food waste collection within the City of Eugene. We’re basing it off of what a number of other cities throughout the United States have done to divert food waste from their landfills. And we’re using their best practices and trying to custom fit that to Eugene.”
Wisth says the city will partner with commercial composter Rexius and local waste collectors in the pilot. Eugene already has a commercial food waste collection program in place.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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