Take the pledge!!

America Recycles Day

The national recycle rate has increased over the years, but you and your class can help it continue to grow! Sign up and take the pledge for “America Recycles Day” on November 15th.

Recycle=Earn Money!!!

Did you know you can set up a school-wide program to recycle certain items and earn money while doing it?

TerraCycle collects specific waste items, many of which are commonly found in schools, and upcycles them into new products like backpacks and shoes. Collection “brigades” are paid by TerraCycle for each item collected, and the funds can be kept by your school for programs, or donated to a nonprofit organization of your school community’s choosing. You can divert typical garbage items like chip bags, Capri Sun pouches, energy bar wrappers, and more – plus your students will be engaged and have more awareness of the impacts of single-use disposables!

Fix it Fairs

Do you have something at home that needs fixing? Don’t throw it away–save our landfill and come to the Fix it Fair on September 23rd between 1 and 4 at the downtown library, offered by the City of Eugene’s, Waste Prevention and Green Building department. Click below for more information!

Fix it Fairs 

Operation Food Rescue

Come join the fun—and free food! Operation: Food Rescue is an event to highlight the issues around our global food waste epidemic and to draw awareness to food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. This event is an effort to bring people and organizations spanning many sectors together to showcase the simple and fun solutions to reducing food waste at home. Join in at the west Park Blocks Downtown from 6-8pm on Friday, September 8th.

The event will feature speakers focusing on a variety of perspectives in food waste and sustainability. Speakers include:

Charlie Tilt, owner of Hummingbird Wholesale

Stephen Wooten, Program Director of UO Food Studies

Allie Breyer, Waste Prevention Analyst from the City of Eugene Waste Prevention and Green Building Program.

Additionally, Operation: Food Rescue will include a free community meal with a sampling of dishes made from ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. One of the main reasons tons of perfectly edible food end up in landfills is because they’re not considered pretty enough to sell. Food is first-come, first-served to limit food waste!

Partners for the event include:
Party Downtown
Organically Grown Company
Organic Redneck
Ambrosia Farm
The Bread Stop Bakery
Pasta Gardner

Operation: Food Rescue is also excited to partner with WildCraft Cider Works for this event for a cider garden to relax in while you enjoy food and hear from speakers!

You can also expect to see Willamette Farm & Food Coalition, FOOD For Lane County, and Mountain Rose Herbs to learn more about their work in sustainability around food in our community as well as learn more about how you can prevent food waste from the Love Food Not Waste Veggie Mob.

This event is FREE and family-friendly with games and a fun photo booth!

Special thanks to Cultural Services, City of Eugene for help making this event a reality, and to Lane County Waste Management for helping to make this event zero-waste with durable dishware!

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Allie Breyer, at 541-682-5224 or alexandra.e.breyer@ci.eugene.or.us.

To sign-up to volunteer: https://goo.gl/forms/mInBEe2tEqMDZKqC3

Got Binders? They can be recycled!

Binders are notoriously difficult to recycle, but now TerraCycle, Office Depot and OfficeMax stores are offering free binder recycling drop-off. There is no registration required — simply drop off your old binders at a participating location. TerraCycle will deconstruct the binders and ensure the metal, cardboard and plastics are recycled.

Waste Free=Shrinking garbage




Clear Lake and Irving Elementary recently hosted waste free lunches in honor of Earth Day on April 26th and April 27th. Students who brought lunch from home were encouraged to use re-usable containers and bring items with little to no packaging. Those eating hot lunch used real silverware and composted anything they didn’t eat. Wouldn’t it be great if every day were waste-free?

Reduce First!



Meadow View 4th graders participated in a week long unit, entitled, “I can make a difference”. They learned about reducing waste by learning about packaging and wants vs. needs. They then learned about how to re-use items, buy items made from recycled products and recycle those items that can be recycled. In the culminating lesson, students designed their own poster showing what can and cannot be recyled, to post at home above their recycle bin. These students are learning to be earth-conscious in preparation for their future.

Coming soon: Waste free lunch!


Thanks to Irving 4th graders in Mrs. Moss’s and Ms. Cacan’s class, many posters were designed to educate the school about the upcoming waste free lunch day. A letter went home to parents and announcements were made to inform everyone about how they can help to reduce waste! Waste Free Wednesday will be held at Clear Lake on April 26th and Irving will host it on Thursday April 27th. Bring re-usable containers, use real silverware, and eat your food!!

1st graders learn to re-use

Many first graders in Bethel schools are receiving free water bottles again this  year with one challenge in mind: Who can use their same water bottle all year long?
This project, entitled, “Be a Monster Re-user”, funded by the City of Eugene Waste Reduction grant along with EWEB attempts to teach youngsters about the importance of re-use. Students learn about the downside of plastic water bottles that often end up in the trash and are educated about how to look for other items they can re-use at home before throwing away. The first graders are rewarded with stickers and small prizes for using their bottles and will earn a larger reward if they are still using it at the end of the year!

Students begin composting


Irving school wasted no time in teaching their students how to compost for the “Love Food Not Waste” program created by the City of Eugene’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department. Teachers were trained in the program and shortly thereafter, they took their class to the cafeteria to show students the proper way to dispose of leftover food and garbage. The children are very conscientious about doing it correctly, hence very few mistakes are made.

Each day at the end of the lunch hour, 4th and 5th grade students dump all of the compost into the larger bin for Royal Refuse to pick up later in the week. Thank you to Irving School for being the first school to attempt this in the elementary lunchroom. Currently, Shasta Middle School students compost their lunch waste as well.