How Do I Dispose of These items?
In general, only wastes generated within the Municipality of Anchorage are accepted.
The above list is informational and is not considered complete.
Additional information can be obtained from SWS at (907) 343-6262 if a particular waste product is not listed.
These materials are not accepted at any of the facilities. Contact the Rabbit Creek Shooting Range at (907) 345-7831 (911 for emergencies).
This waste is accepted on a case by case basis at the ARL. Please contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for more information.
Large animal fecal waste will only be accepted at the ARL. Large animal fecal waste or large quantities from small animals require prior notification. Please contact (907) 343-6262 for scheduling assistance. Small quantities from small animals are accepted at CTS but must be double-bagged.
Anti-freeze can be taken to the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at either ARL or CTS (residential only).
Non-CFC containing appliances are accepted at all facilities. Refer to Municipal Code 26.80.030 for CFC containing appliances. (Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners contain CFC's.) Unusually bulky items should be brought to the ARL. Also refer to recycling.
Asbestos waste is regulated and has detailed handling and disposal requirements. Materials are only accepted at the ARL. Refer to the SWS policy for Asbestos Waste Disposal for additional information or contact SWS at (907) 343-6262.
Asphalt is generally considered construction and demolition debris and is only accepted at the ARL.
Automobiles are not accepted. Refer to the metals recycling or scrap/junk yards.
Automobile motors are accepted at ARL only. Other automotive parts are accepted at all facilities. In both cases all fluids must have been drained. Also refer to recycling.
Barbed wire is only accepted at the ARL and must be cut into 1 foot or shorter segments prior to disposal.
Recycling bins are maintained at ARL, CTS and Girdwood Transfer Station for collection of batteries. Several recycling companies also collect batteries. Also refer to recycling.
Pickup size loads of brush are accepted at the CTS. Larger loads of brush and land clearing waste are accepted at ARL. Brush must be cut into eight feet lengths.
Residential non-commercial butchering waste is accepted at all facilities as long as it is a pickup truck load or smaller and does not contain liquid waste. Larger quantities should be coordinated with ARL staff for disposal. Please call (907) 343-6262 for scheduling information.
Wastes generated at a place of business is considered commercial waste. Typical commercial wastes include packing materials, office paper, lunchroom waste, etc. Chemicals and other similar items should be determined whether they are considered hazardous prior to disposal. If hazardous, the items may be handled through the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the ARL. Some materials, such as toner cartridges, can be recycled through area vendors.
Compressed Gas Cylinders must be nonpressurized and the valve stem must be removed prior to disposal. Cylinders containing hazardous residues or liquids are prohibited for disposal, but will be accepted at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
Both computers and the monitors (CRTs) contain items that are hazardous. Of note, CRTs contain lead and as such are considered hazardous waste. Preferably, contact the manufacturer or the sales store for information on proper disposal. Households and some businesses (CESQGs) are allowed to dispose of these items with typical garbage, but due to the materials, it is prefered that they are recycled or donated for others to use. Under current regulations, if the materials are recycled properly, they are not considered hazardous waste. For additional information please contact SWS at 343-6262 or the hazardous waste collection facility at 428-1742.
C & D is waste material generated during the construction or demolition of a structure. This typically includes wood, bricks, rubble, dry wall, roofing materials tiles, and concrete. This material is accepted at ARL. (Only wood and roofing materials are accepted at CTS.) In addition, residential loads at CTS and Girdwood must not exceed a pickup load size and be less than eight feet in any direction. Larger sized loads must be taken to ARL. Depending on the age of the facility being demolished, care must be taken to determine if any of the materials contains asbestos. If so, the materials must be handled in accordance with SWS Asbestos Handling Policy.
This material is only accepted at the ARL and is subject to the SWS Contaminated Soils Policy. Contact (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
Wastes generated from households are accepted at all facilities. Wastes generated from non-household sources must be in containers less than one gallon and must pass the EPA' s Paint Filter test for liquids at room temperature. Quantities larger than one gallon must be coordinated with ARL staff. Please contact (907) 343-6262 for scheduling.
Copiers are accepted at all locations. SWS recommends that toner and toner cartridges be recycled prior to disposal.
Drums are only accepted at the ARL. The drums must be crushed and have the ends removed prior to disposal and must contain no residue of any hazardous or liquid waste.
Exit signs may contain small amounts of radioactive materials. Please contact the manufacturer for proper handling and disposal.
Residential, non-commercial fish waste will be accepted at all facilities. Liquid waste will not be accepted at any of the facilities. Large quantities of waste in excess of a pick-up load should be coordinated with ARL staff for disposal. Please contact (907) 343-6262 for scheduling information.
Fluorescent lights may contain mercury. SWS can accept up to 220 pounds per month, or approximately 350 bulbs, from any customer or business. Larger quantities may require testing for mercury. Light Ballasts - Light ballast's may contain PCBs. Unless the ballast is labeled as "non-PCB containing," the ballast is assumed to contain PCBs and is not acceptable for disposal at any of the facilities. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information. Also, refer to recycling.
Hazardous wastes are strictly prohibited from disposal. These include any waste that is toxic, reactive (oxidizers), flammable or corrosive (acids/alkalines). This also includes any EPA listed wastes. Refer to the Household Hazardous Waste Center or contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
Wastes generated from a household except hazardous waste are generally acceptable for disposal at all locations.
Wastes generated from industrial or manufacturing processes must be first determined to be non-hazardous and must not be a liquid prior to evaluating the ability for disposal. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
Lawn mowers are accepted at all facilities. All gas and oil must be drained from the engine prior to disposal.
Liquid waste is any waste material that does not pass the EPA's Paint Filter Test. Liquid waste is prohibited in accordance with the Liquid Restriction Policy and Federal and State Regulations.
Only treated medical waste is accepted at ARL in accordance with the Medical Waste Disposal Policy. Untreated medical waste is strictly prohibited for disposal. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information. Diabetic needles generated from home use can be disposed of in a puncture-proof container with the lid duct taped to it, such as a laundry detergent container. For disposal options for prescription and over the counter medications, see "Pharmaceuticals and Medications."
Please contact the manufacturer for proper handling and disposal. Older lights may contain PCBs within the transformer.
Paint can be water based, latex or oil based. In all cases, paint will likely be considered a Liquid Waste and disposal is restricted. Oil based paints are a regulated hazardous waste and are prohibited from being disposed of at any facility. Paints are accepted at the Hazardous Waste Collection facilities. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
Pharmaceuticals and Medications
Do not flush medications or pharmaceuticals down the toilet or wash them down the drain. This includes prescription and nonprescription medications intended to be swallowed, inhaled, injected, applied to the skin or eyes, or otherwise absorbed by the body. Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility’s wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to filter out pharmaceuticals and medications. Participate in your pharmacy’s medication take-back program if it has one. If it does not, remove unneeded or expired medication from its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance (e.g., cat litter, coffee grounds, sawdust etc.) to discourage consumption by others and dispose of it in the trash.
Anchorage has two permanent drop-off locations for pharmaceuticals: one is at the Anchorage Police Department headquarters lobby at 4501 Elmore Road, and the other is at the UAA Police headquarters at 2601 Providence Drive. Anchorage also hosts a one-day collection event twice a year (typcially April and October) for unused and expired pharmaceuticals with drop-off locations at several local grocery stores. VIsit http://www.dea.gov/ for information about these events and their locations.
These materials are handled in accordance with the SWS Contaminated Soils Policy.
Radioactive/Nuclear waste is strictly prohibited for disposal. Additional questions regarding the proper handling and disposal should be forwarded to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (800) 952-9677.
These materials may be subject to testing to determine if they are non-hazardous under the EPA TCLP test. Household generated quantities will not require testing. All materials must be no longer that eight feet in any direction. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
Refrigerators, freezers, and air-conditioning units may contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and their disposal is strictly prohibited. The units may be disposed of if a qualified, licensed technician has removed the CFCs, and documentation, of such removal, can be presented to SWS. Refrigerators and freezers are accepted at CTS and ARL for an additional $20.00 charge, per each unit, which covers removal of the CFCs.
Septage is not accepted at any of the facilities. For information on disposal of Septage, contact AWWU at (907) 564-2700.
Some smoke alarms can contain small amounts of radioactive material. Contact the manufacturer for proper disposal instructions.
Snow machines are accepted for disposal at all facilities and must have all fluids drained and batteries must be removed.
Storage tanks are handled similarly to drums. No residues of hazardous or liquid wastes may be present and the ends of the tank must be removed and the tank must be crushed. Disposal of large tanks that require additional handling should be coordinated with ARL staff. Call (907) 428-0864 for scheduling information.
Tires are accepted at all the facilities. If the quantity exceeds ten tires, the tires must be disposed at the ARL. Customer must remove rims prior to disposal. Also refer to recycling.
These are only accepted at the ARL. For rate and handling information contact SWS at (907) 343-6262.
Treated timbers, similar to railroad ties, must demonstrate that they are non-hazardous by passing the EPA's TCLP test. Size is limited to eight feet in any direction. Acceptance is on a case by case basis. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information.
All facilities maintain a collection point for recycling of used engine oil. Households are limited to disposal of less than 5 gallons per visit free of charge. Up to 10 gallons will be accepted at CTS with an additional charge of $1.00 per gallon for quantities over the initial 5 gallons.
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