As the New Year begins, it’s time to start thinking about ways to dispose of holiday waste. Lane County’s WasteWise has suggested ways to recycle electronics, trees and holiday packaging.
Community members can recycle electronics at NextStep Recycling in Eugene, where staff will refurbish the device and remove any data or personal information. Then the device is either given to someone who doesn’t have technology access, or recycled through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The organization also accepts unwanted Christmas lights and donates proceeds to a charity of the organizations choosing. NextStep’s Donation and Training Center is located 245 Jackson Street in Eugene. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The donation center will be closed Jan. 1.
The Environmental Protection Agency also lists companies that offer electronic recycling options.
Boy Scout Troop 182 will pick up trees without flocking or painting on weekends through Jan. 31 for a suggested donation of $11 Get more information on the Troop’s website.
Rexius (150 Highway 99, Eugene) and Lane Forest Products (2111 Prairie Rd., Eugene and 820 N. 42nd St., Springfield) accept green and flocked trees for a fee.
Eugene-Springfield residents can recycle small quantities of white block #6 polystyrene, or Styrofoam, at any St. Vincent de Paul store location, where the organization shreds block Styrofoam and compresses it into logs. Community members have been asked to keep packing peanuts and block foam separate, and not recycle Styrofoam food containers.