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Solid Waste Services 

Hazardous Materials Management

Solid Waste Services has developed two sites to collect hazardous wastes.

Hazardous Waste Collection Center

The Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC) is located at the Anchorage Regional Landfill  (ARL), at the intersection of the Glenn Highway and Hiland Road, near the community of Eagle River, Alaska.  Take the Glenn Highway to the Hiland Road exit.  Turn west on Hiland Road and follow the signs into the Landfill.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday --  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Reuse items available during all operating hours. 

 

  

 

 

Information
This facility accepts hazardous wastes from households and businesses.  Businesses must qualify as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators or CESQGs.  CESQGs are companies that generate less than 220 pounds of any hazardous wastes per month.  Disposal rates for CESQGs vary by product and quantity. Typical CESQG rates range from $0.50 to $1.00 per pound.  Drop off hazardous household materials including: paint, gasoline, batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil, antifreeze, and much more.  Drop-off services are FREE for households only (40 pounds or less limit).  A hazardous waste pick-up service also is available on a call-in basis.  Please call 428-1742 or 343-6262 for further information.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is located at the Central Transfer Station  (CTS), at the intersection of E. 54th and Juneau, east of the Old Seward Highway.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday --   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Reuse items only available from 8 a.m to 12 p.m.

 

 

 

Information
Drop off hazardous household materials including: paint, gasoline, batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil, antifreeze, and much more.  Drop-off services are free for households only (40 pounds or less limit).  Businesses must use the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Anchorage Regional Landfill. A hazardous waste pick-up service also is available on a call-in basis.  Please call  428-1742 or 343-6262 for further information.

Reuse Program: Paint & Materials Exchange

While you’re at the ARL or CTS facilities, be sure to visit the Paint & Materials Exchange. When the public drops off hazardous materials, we check them and put the usable products in the HazBin.  For example, we take in 50 to 100 gallons of paint each week.  Sometimes good paint comes in unopened.  You might also be able to pick up some household cleaning solvents, auto fluids, or lawn and garden chemicals, depending on availability.

Accepted Waste Types

  • Antifreeeze
  • Art & Hobby Supplies
  • Batteries (Automotive)
  • Batteries (Non-automotive)
  • Cleaners
  • Corrosives (Acids/Caustics)
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Fuels
  • Lamp Ballasts - from residential users only
  • Paints, Solvents & Preservatives
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Resins & Adhesives
  • Used Oil

 

 

Not Accepted Waste Types      

  • Ammunition/Explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepted

Antifreeze

Up to five gallons will be accepted at both facilities.  Do not dispose in storm drains or on the ground.  Keep all products away from animals.

Art and Hobby Supplies

Some supplies contain hazardous materials. Contact the HHWCC with questions about specific products.

Batteries (Automotive)

Collected in a separate bin at all SWS facilities or can be recycled through retail outlets.

Batteries (Non-automotive)

Up to 40 pounds daily (220 pounds/month for CESQGS) accepted at both collection facilities.

Cleaners

Up to five gallons accepted at both collection facilities.

Corrosives

Acid and caustics are accepted at both collection facilities.

Fluorescent Lamps

Fluorescent lamps may contain mercury. SWS can accept up to 220 pounds per month, or approximately 350 lamps (bulbs), from any customer or business. Larger quantities may require testing for mercury. Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information. Also, refer to How Do I Recycle...?.

Fuels

Up to five gallons will be accepted at both facilities.  Includes diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, and similar products.

Lamp Ballasts

Lamp ballasts 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. However, the Hazardous Waste Facility at the Landfill will accept one PCB ballast from residents per visit for a fee of $5 each.  No PCB ballasts are accepted from small quantity generators.  Contact SWS at (907) 343-6262 for additional information. Also, refer to How Do I Recycle....?. 

Paints, Solvents and Preservatives

Up to five gallons accepted at both collection facilities or less than 220 pounds per month for CESQGs. Non-latex paints and solvents/thinners/preservatives may be flammable.  Do not dispose in garbage or sewers.

Pesticides and Herbicides

Up to 40 pounds daily (residential) accepted at both facilities. Banned pesticides also may be returned to the manufacturer or dealer.

Photographic Chemicals

Up to five gallons accepted at both collection facilities.

Resins and Adhesives

Up to five gallons or 40 pounds accepted at both collection facilities (220 pounds/month for CESQGs).

Used Oil

Up to five gallons will be accepted at all SWS facilities in a separate collection area. These areas are open during the same hours as the facilities where they are located. The used motor oil is later refined; some of it goes for use in ship engines, or back into usable oil for autos. An additional five gallons will be accepted at CTS for an additional charge of $1.00 per gallon. Used oil also is handled by individual contractors. Consult the Yellow Pages under Oil Waste. Do not mix used oil with antifreeze, solvents, or gasoline.

Not Accepted

Ammunition/Explosives

Not accepted at any facility.  Contact local shooting ranges, such as Rabbit Creek (348-8741) and Birchwood (688-3967) firing ranges, as they will take some ammunition depending on the type, and condition. Please do not contact the Anchorage, Palmer, or Wasilla Police Departments for disposal of ammunition. They no longer have an avenue of disposal and will not accept any.

Asbestos

Following prior notification to Solid Waste Services, asbestos can be disposed only at ARL. Call 343-6262 for information or view the Municipality's policy for asbestos handling and disposal.

Smoke Alarms

Return to the manufacturer if directed on the product instructions. Some smoke alarms may contain low-level radioactive materials. Smoke alarms can be wrapped in newspaper and disposed in the landfill.

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.