NOW AVAILABLE for all Eugene, Springfield, and Veneta Yard Debris Customers!
Those who have Sanipac’s residential garbage service now have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage! We toss more than 40 million pounds of food into local landfills each year and half of this waste comes from homes. Composting waste allows us to use this material for something useful while also reducing harmful greenhouse emissions.
Inside the city limits of Veneta, we offer a grey 95 gallon yard debris cart picked up on an every other week schedule. This happens on the opposite pickup week as the recycling with the exception of April, May and November. During those months, the yard debris is picked up weekly.
This mixed food waste and yard debris pickup will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors.
What goes in the Bin?
How to Start Composting Food Waste:
- Place a sealable container in a convenient location in your kitchen.
- Toss in all food scraps and plate scrapings.
- Empty your kitchen container into your yard debris bin, along with your yard debris in layers. There will be no changes to your pickup schedule.
Kitchen Container Tips:
- Empty your container into your yard debris bin frequently.
- Drain excess liquids down the sink.
- Clean your kitchen container regularly.
- Shut the lid of your container and bin when not in use.
Roll Cart Tips:
- Clean your yard debris bin regularly. Do this in a gravel or grassy area, not allowing run-off or debris to enter the stormwater drain at the street.
- Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your yard debris cart to keep odors down.
- Maintain a good mix of yard debris and food scraps in your bin when possible.
- Store containers in a shady area.
- Even if your yard debris bin isn’t very full, be sure to bring it to the curb on every collection day.
- Freeze or refrigerate food scraps until you dump into your yard debris bin.