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Eugene one step closer to city-wide curbside food waste collection

The City of Eugene is expanding their curbside food waste collection pilot program. Their fourth and final pilot neighborhood is in South University. They started with Friendly back in September 2016, then added Harlow and Bethel. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. – The City of Eugene is expanding their curbside food waste collection pilot program.

Their fourth and final pilot neighborhood is in South University.

They started with Friendly back in September 2016, then added Harlow and Bethel.

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According to the City, Eugene residents toss over 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill.

Half of that waste comes from homes.

This pilot program allows residents to recycle their food scraps rather than throwing them away.

“You know, recycle things that they wouldn't be able to in their backyard compost. Like meat and bones and cheese and things like that. And so it's given people a really good way to not send food to the landfill and to keep our community beautiful for future generations,” said Allie Breyer, Eugene Waste Prevention Analyst.

According to Breyer, the program will soon be moving into their next stage which is sending out surveys to pilot participants.

Breyer said so far they've heard positive feedback.

City officials predict in September 2018, after all the data is collected, they'll be able to decide whether to expand the curbside collection city-wide.

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