Zero Waste Interior Recycling Pick-up Schedule Advisory 4/8/2020

Duration:  Spring Term 2020

Buildings or Areas Impacted:  UO Campus

Scope:  The Zero Waste Program will be moving to a 2x/month service for all interior recycling sites during Spring Term 2020.

Services Impacted:  Pick-up schedule for Interior recycling sites.

Special Instructions:

  • If building occupants see sites filling up, please call these locations into the Campus Planning & Facilities Management (CPFM) Work Control Center (346-2319).
  • Please make sure to detail what building and room number this site is near.

Work Performed By:   CPFM Zero Waste

ContactDonny Addison, CPFM Zero Waste Solid Waste Manager, 541-346-0961

Tykeson Hall Waste/Recycling Room Opens August 19

The new waste and recycling room in Tykeson Hall opens Monday, August 19. This site will be the centralized location for all waste, cardboard, and recycling material generated from building occupants in Tykeson Hall, Chapman Hall, Fenton Hall, Johnson Hall, and Collier House. This room is located on the southeast side of Tykeson (see map below).

Occupants of these five buildings will need card access to enter this room for disposing waste and recycling material. To request access, authorized department requestors are asked to send a spreadsheet with all employee information from their department to Attaining card access is imperative because this room will be locked 24/7 to deter unauthorized individuals from accessing the site.

Waste and cardboard dumpsters temporarily located in front of Johnson Hall on 13th Avenue will remain until Friday, September 13, and will be removed on Monday, September 16.

Please contact Donny Addison with any questions or concerns at 541-346-0961 or


Deskside Recycling Bins Available for Offices

Facilities Liaisons,

After performing a campus inventory, it was observed that many offices do not have recycling deskside collection. If anyone in your building or department is interested in a deskside recycling bin, as the Facilities Liaison, please enter a service request at:
or email Work Control at

Information to include in the request:
-How many are wanted
-Where you would like the bins delivered to be dispersed by the Liaison

Tip: It is the responsibility of each user to centralize recycling to the hallway zero waste stations/sites.

Thanks for your efforts on Zero Waste, turning waste into resources.

Karyn Kaplan
Zero Waste Program Manager
UO Zero Waste Program
CPFM Facilities Services Zero Waste Program
1276 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1276

Message from Zero Waste – Upcoming changes in campus compost collection


Implementation after Finals Week Spring Term, with changes in full effect on July 1, 2019

Please refer to below documents in this message regarding necessity for compost changes and updates to the UO Zero Waste Program materials handling list.  This change was made by the City and is being implemented City and County wide as well.


Over the next few months, campus will be changing compost collection to a FOOD SCRAPS only collection.  As of July 1, 2019, Paper food ware, items labelled compostable, utensils, napkins, chopsticks (non-food items), will no longer be accepted.  Changes in the composting markets have necessitated a fundamental change in the campus collection.  I have attached a letter from the local compost processors, that explain the challenges with the current compost collection, that necessitate this change.

The UO Zero Waste Program is in the process of updating: signage and equipment, program sorting guidelines, associated documents, website, which will be completed by June 30, 2019.


As you may have noticed, over the past year, due to high rates of contamination, compost collection has been reduced in public areas.   Moving forward, FOOD SCRAPS only collection will be focused on: behind the counter pre/post-consumer food scrap collection in cafes, industrial kitchens (Housing, EMU, Catering) and department kitchens.  There are still a few public campus compost collection sites that will be phased out after Finals Week.  Full implementation will start July 1.  Please follow posted signage and bin categories in continuing to participate in the Zero Waste system.


The volunteer compost program will still continue, but will only accept Food Scraps.  Participants will be notified.  Thanks to all who have been participating in this successful program.  For more information contact: 541-346-2354


In spaces that still have public compost, doors/signs on Zero Waste units will be changed out to a glass/metal/plastic collection.  Built-in cabinets will keep the same doors and be relabeled to Landfill as the non-food compostables are bulky and will now be landfilled.   The Program is working with campus stakeholders in campus cafes, kitchens, food service areas, to assist and ensure that food scraps will continue to be collected and processed.


As compostables have been a big focus of Zero Waste events, compostables are the most prominent materials that are currently generated at campus catered events.  As these items will no longer be accepted, the Zero Waste Program will still offer an opportunity to order Zero Waste event services, but the collection will be for acceptable recyclables and food scraps only.  Zero Waste events are requested through CPFM Work Control 346-2319, and are provided cost estimates for the event prior to setting up Zero Waste Events services.  You can also submit requests online via our call log system

Catering does offer collection of bottles/cans upon request and Zero Waste opportunities are still available in over 2500 locations campus wide.  Of note:  Zero Waste events services are free to events utilizing durable food ware options.  At this type of event, FOOD SCRAPS collection will be offered but with a smaller bin.  Zero Waste will continue to work all of the larger campus events such as street fair, folk fest, and commencement.


With this change come opportunities for waste reduction:

*many campus food outlets offer discounts for bringing a refillable beverage container

*the UO is home to countless water refill stations, with Eugene having some of the cleanest drinking water in the world

*bring reusable utensils and a reusable to-go container for use at campus food service outlets

*choose to reduce consumption by taking what you will use with items like napkins, straws, stirrers, chopsticks, condiments

*catering offers an opportunity to order “durable” food ware for events, this is a great step to reducing campus waste

ZERO WASTE is still thriving
As there have been recent changes in recycling and now compost collection, the UO is working hard to ensure recycling and composting are here for the long haul.  Though there have been changes in global and local recycling and composting markets, zero waste systems are re-grouping and the UO, City of Eugene, Lane County and State of Oregon, are committed to continuing to reduce and manage the waste stream to enhance natural resources.  There are still markets for all of the collected materials at the UO.  The Program recovery rate continues to trend over 50% for the past 5 years while adjusting to and minimizing market impacts.  Thanks UO!

Here’s some things you can do:

*follow sorting guidelines, for example:  the UO takes plastic bottles and jugs (with handles).  Other plastic items are not accepted and cause contamination.

*put only clean items in recycling

*food scraps are anything that is food including: all meat and dairy, bones, food scraps from prep (i.e. egg shells, carrot tops, husks, skins, cores, food waste from meals etc…)

*don’t assume that something goes into recycling/compost that is not included in the guidelines

*haul corrugated cardboard to outside building locations, remove all non-cardboard items from package

“When in Doubt, Leave it Out”

*buy products made from recycled content as that is critical in closing the loop and creating a demand for the materials that are collected

*purchase what you will use

*buy items with reduced packaging that are easily recyclable in Lane County

Thank you for your participation and support of the UO Zero Waste Program!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Karyn Kaplan
Zero Waste Program Manager
UO Zero Waste Program
CPFM Facilities Services Zero Waste Program
1276 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1276

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Oregon & Deschutes Hall Garbage/Recycling/Compost Collection Plan Update

Oregon and Deschutes Hall Building Occupants,

The Garbage and Cardboard Dumpsters located on 13th Ave. have been relocated back to their original locations Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Oregon Hall will resume cardboard and garbage services on the loading dock of Oregon Hall as well.  Please refer map and information below for more details about each of these collection sites:

1)    Oregon Hall Load Dock – The garbage and cardboard green tilt trucks have been relocated to the Oregon Hall loading dock.   There will be a large green tilt truck labeled for “Garbage” and “Cardboard” behind the metal sliding doors on the Oregon Hall loading dock.

2)    Deschutes Hall Dumpster Enclosure – The “Garbage” & “Cardboard” dumpsters currently located on 13th Ave. in front of Oregon Hall have been returned to the dumpster enclosure on the northeast side of Deschutes Hall.  The office compost and Styrofoam bins will remain in this enclosure for those working in Oregon and Deschutes Hall.

If you have any questions about these services or locations, please contact the Work Control Center at (541) 346-2319.


Donny Addison
Zero Waste Operations Manager
UO Campus Zero Waste Program
541-346-0961 (office)

Message from CPFM UO Zero Waste Program

Campus Community,

The UO Zero Waste Program is in the process of updating the collection system on campus to reflect new marketing rules.

Please follow guidelines below and if it’s not on the list, please do not include it in recycling.

Here is an overview of the sorting/collection changes:

  • No change on paper or compost
  • Please remember that all cups go in the landfill category
  • Cartons of all kinds are no longer recyclable including milk type cartons and aseptic packaging such as drink boxes and other type of “boxes” such as soy milk, soup cartons and other larger types of food packaging boxes
  • Please ONLY recycle plastic bottles and jugs as follows:  Bottles are items where the opening is smaller than the base.  Jugs are items with handles
  • ALL other plastic is landfill including anything that was previously recyclable including:  plastic bags, plastic wrap, tubs (cottage cheese, yogurt, salsa etc…), lids and any other plastic items that are not a bottle or jug.

For more information go to:

Contact 541-346-1545 with any questions.