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 How Do I Recycle These Items? 

Aluminum Cans*

Fluorescent Lamps/Ballasts
Propane Tanks

Batteries (Automotive)

Food Waste Scrap Metal
Batteries (Non-automotive) Glass

Steel Cans*

Cell Phones Horse Manure Telephone Directories*
Christmas Trees Magazines & Catalogs*
Tires
Compact Discs Mixed Paper* Toner Cartridges
Construction & Demolition Debris
Newspaper* Used Oil
Cooking Oil and Grease
Office Paper* White Goods
Corrugated Cardboard**
Plastic Bottles & Jugs* Wood Waste
Electronics/Computers
Plastic Bags & Films  Yard Waste

*Indicates items that can be included in your curbside recycling cart.

ARL = Anchorage Regional Landfill

CTS = Central Transfer Station

The Anchorage Recycling Center (not operated by SWS) is located at 6301 Rosewood Ave. Take the Seward Highway to Dowling. Go west on Dowling to Rosewood. Go south on Rosewood to recycling center, behind NAPA store.   Open 24/7 for materials drop-off.

The Central Transfer Station is open for recycling during normal hours of operation.

 The Anchorage Regional Landfill is located off the Hiland Road exit of the Glenn Highway, in Eagle River.  The recycling drop-off area is open during faclity hours.

Also reference How do I dispose of these items? if you don’t find the item you have in the recycling section.

Aluminum Cans*

Aluminum cans may be dropped off at numerous recycling locations throughout Anchorage.  Carrs stores and several schools have bins that are accessible 24/7.  Cans may be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7, the Central Transfer Station and Anchorage Regional Landfill during landfill hours. MAP of drop-off sites

Batteries (Automotive)

Solid Waste Services accepts automobile lead-acid batteries for disposal at the Central Transfer Station, Anchorage Regional Landfill, and Girdwood Transfer Station.  Residential users are allowed to bring one battery per visit free of charge and a second battery at a $5.00 charge. The limit is two batteries per customer. Commercial users must use the Hazardous Waste Center at the Anchorage Regional Landfill location.  The charge is $5.00 per battery. All batteries are dissassembled and individual components are recycled or reused. 

Batteries (Non-automotive)

Many locations in the Municipality accept other types of batteries for free.  Check under “Batteries” in the yellow pages. All batteries need to be properly prepared by either bagging them each separately or taping the terminals to eliminate potental fire hazards.

Cell Phones

Check with your carrier for take-back or buy-back programs.  Be sure to look for reuse options before recycling if your phone still works.  Often shelters will accept phones to use them for 911 calls.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees are accepted seasonally from December 28  until January 15 at Carrs stores in Anchorage, Eagle River and Palmer.  Details are posted each year by ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling).

Compact Discs

Check your local yellow pages for electronics recycling.

Contruction & Demolition Debris

check your local yellow pages for C&D debris recycling, including concrete, asphalt, gypsum, metal, some wood waste, and land clearing debris.

Cooking Oil and Grease

Cooking oils and grease should not be disposed of down the drain. It can be brought to the Hazardous Waste facilities for recycling. Small quantities can be secured in a container and disposed of in the regular trash. Commercial cooking oil and grease can be recycled into biodiesel through Alaska Waste.  Call 563-3717 to get more information about scheduling pick-up of uncontaminated commercial cooking oil and grease.

Corrugated Cardboard*

Corrugated cardboard can be dropped off at the recycling area at both the Anchorage Regional Landfill and the Central Transfer Station during normal business hours. You can also drop off cardboard at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7. Please be sure to flatten all cardboard so that bins do not fill up as quickly.

Electronics/Computers

All residential customers may dispose of one television per day free of charge when it is brought to our facilities and included with a residential trash load. Residential customers wanting to dispose of more than one television in a day will be directed to the hazardous waste area of our facilities.

Both computers and their monitors (CRTs) and older tube-style televisions may contain items that are hazardous. Of note, CRTs contain lead and as such are considered hazardous waste.

Televisions, computers, and/or computer monitors will not be accepted for disposal via curbside collection.

Under current regulations, if the materials are recycled properly, they are not considered hazardous waste. Please reference your local phone book or internet for local recycling options.

For additional information please contact SWS at 343-6250 or the hazardous waste collection facility at 428-1742.

Fluorescent Lamps/Ballasts

Some retailers offer take-back programs. Please reference your local phone book or the internet for local CFL recycling.

Food Waste

Food waste from commercial sources is currently composted through Alaska Waste as part of a pilot program.  Contact Alaska Waste at 563-3717 to learn more about the program.  Residents with yard space can include some food waste in backyard composting bins or piles.  Do not include meats, fish, or dairy products and do not compost food wastes in areas where bears are common as the food may attract the bears. An alternative to backyard composting is vermicomposting (a.k.a. worm composting). This is usually done in a container with ‘red wiggler’ worms and the container can be kept in a protected location such as a shed or garage.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars are accepted 24/7 at the Anchorage Recycling Center.

Horse Manure

Several options for composting horse manure are currently available. For assistance with on-site composing, contact the Anchorage Soil and Water Conservation District. Horse manure also is accepted by several businesses. Check with your waste hauler to see if they provide any options for horse manure composting.

Magazines & Catalogs*

Magazines and catalogs can be included with Mixed Paper and can be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill recycling area during landfill business hours.

Mixed Paper*

Mixed paper can be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill recycling area during landfill business hours.

Newspaper*

Newspaper can be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill recycling area during landfill business hours.  It also can be dropped off at numerous Carrs and school locations around Anchorage.   MAP of drop-off sites

Office Paper*

Office paper can be included in Mixed Paper and can be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill recycling area during landfill business hours.

Plastic Bottles & Jugs*

Plastic bottles include only #1 PET bottles, such as soda and water bottles, and their caps.  Plastic jugs include only #2 HDPE jugs, such as milk and detergent jugs, and their caps.  All other numbers and all other types of containers are not recyclable.  The #1 and #2 containers can be recycled at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7 as well as at both the Anchorage Regional Landfill & Central Transfer Station recycling areas during regular business hours. Check for the neck!  – recyclable bottles and jugs are containers with a screwtop and neck. Put the cap back on the bottle or jug before recycling if possible, rather than tossing the cap in separately.

The reason why we DO NOT recycle yogurt tubs, buckets, or clear clamshell containers is primarily economic. "Non-Bottle" plastics have a different chemical make up than bottles, and breakdown at different temperatures. Even though they may have a number 1 or 2 on them, these non-bottle containers have a significantly lower value in the marketplace. If mixed with "high value" bottles, all is significantly less valuable. We have opted in Anchorage to maintain the highest value of the plastics we take in order to keep costs lower and make recycling sustainable long-term.  

Plastic Bags & Films

Plastic bags and films can be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7.  Several grocery chains also offer recycling for plastic grocery bags.

Propane Tanks

Tanks that can’t be refilled can be taken to Suburban Propane for recycling.  Suburban removes the valves and evacuates the damaged tanks and sends them to the Anchorage Recycling Center for recycling through a no-cost agreement with the recycling center.

Scrap Metal

Appliances such as washers, dryers, fridges, freezers, and stoves may be brought to CTS and ARL for recycling. No other scrap metals will be accepted and/or segregated as recycling by SWS, but may be accepted as refuse and disposed accordingly. *Refrigerators and freezers are accepted at CTS and ARL for an additional $20.00 charge, per each unit, which covers the removal of the CFCs (Freon).

For other scrap metal disposal or recycling options, please reference your local phone book or the internet.

Steel Cans*

Steel cans may be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center 24/7.

Telephone Directories*

Telephone directories can be included with Mixed Paper at the Anchorage Recycling Center and the Anchorage Regional Landfill recycling area.  During certain times of year, telephone directory collection bins also are found at Carrs stores.

Tires

Scrap tires currently are being accepted at the landfill, where they are shredded and used for landfill projects.  They are considered waste items so a drop-off fee will be charged.

Toner Cartridges

Toner cartridges from printers and copiers can be recycled through several businesses in Anchorage.  Look for “Cartridge Recycling” in the Yellow Pages.

Used Oil

Residential users may dispose of up to ten gallons of used motor oil at the Central Transfer Station, Anchorage Regional Landfill or Girdwood Transfer Station.  The first five gallons are free.  There is a $1.00 charge per gallon for amounts over five gallons with a maximum of ten gallons in total. For amounts exceeding ten gallons, see commercial rates below (amounts over ten gallons will not be accepted at the Central Transfer Station).  Commercial customers must use the Anchorage Regional Landfill site and pay $1.00 per gallon for all oil disposed.   Used oil is accepted during normal business hours at each location.  The used oil is picked up by a local recycler for reuse when the tanks become full.

White Goods

Appliances such as washers, dryers, fridges, freezers, and stoves may be brought to CTS and ARL for recycling. No other scrap metals will be accepted and/or segregated as recycling by SWS, but may be accepted as refuse and disposed accordingly. *Refrigerators and freezers are accepted at CTS and ARL for an additional $20.00 charge, per each unit, which covers the removal of the CFCs (Freon).

For other scrap metal disposal or recycling options, please reference your local phone book or the internet.

Wood Waste

Wood waste can be delivered to one of Anchorage’s wood lots, open during summer months.  Visit the Wood Lots for more details.  No construction or demolition waste is accepted.  For construction and demolition wood waste, see "Construction & Demolition Debris" above.

Yard Waste

Please reference your local phone book or the internet for Yard Waste recycling and/or composting.

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