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Residents Remove, Compost Yard Debris

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EUGENE, Ore. — Two weeks after the snow started falling and the trees came down with the ice, many people are still figuring out what to do with all the storm debris.

The city of Eugene says there are a few things residents can do with storm debris. They can turn the debris into wood chips themselves, hire a tree removal company to haul it all away, compost any green leafy material, or bring it to a commercial recycler like Lane Forest Products or Rexius.

“A tremendous amount of debris has come in because of the storm damage, so it’s increased our traffic flow by 2-300 percent,” said Jason Giles, Sustainability Vice President at Rexius.

Residents and trash companies are bringing in any debris that can be turned into compost.

“It’s primarily limbs and branches, stuff that’s been broken off and brought down from the storm, you know, some whole trees. But typically people will post up and get them to the size that they can transport them,” Giles said.

The only thing they’re not accepting is wood that’s painted or treated with chemicals.

With this increase in debris, Rexius had to plan for the increase in business by increasing staff.

“We knew that there would be a significant surge in traffic and yard debris traffic, so we ramped up for that. We got additional staff. We rearranged some of our logistics to make sure we can accommodate people, get them through quickly, and get more material in,” Giles said.

Anyone that’s interested in bringing in their yard waste can drop it off at Rexius from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It costs $5 for the first cubic yard of debris and $4 for additional yards.

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