How It Works
SWS will collect yard waste and food scrap materials from residents participating in the program weekly. See your registration for details on which day or
Keep your neighborhood safe by properly handling organics! Do not place your cart out before 7 a.m. on the day of service to prevent animals, including bears, from getting into the carts. Keep food scraps stored indoors until the morning of pick-up.
Download the 2021 Curbside Organics How-To Guide here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the program?
Any SWS customer with roll cart trash and recycling service may sign-up to participate when registration is open. Renters may participate but must have homeowners approve participation by contacting SWS directly at (907) 343-6250.
Not sure if you are in the SWS service area? Check here.
How do I register for the program?
Call Solid Waste Customer service at (907) 343-6250. If you are a renter, you must have your landlord approve the service before registering for curbside organics. There will be no online registration in 2021.
I live outside your service area. Why can't I participate?
SWS only operates in a designated service area and cannot offer services outside of it. However, we offer a Community Compost that is open to all Municipality of Anchorage residents.
Alaska Waste currently offers Curbside Organics in limited neighborhoods. For more information, contact Alaska Waste email@example.com and 907-563-3717.
When will the program run?
Collection for the 2021 program will run weekly from May through October 2021.
When will registration open?
Registration will open April 5. Space is limited, so sign up early!
What does the program cost?
The program is $5 per month for a 32-gallon cart and $10 per month for a 96-gallon cart. Participants will not be charged for winter months when the program is not in operation.
Participants are responsible for maintaining carts. Any lost or damaged carts and will b e assessed a fee of $117.60.
Won't animals, including bears, want to get into my cart?
By properly handling organics in both the pink carts and regular trash carts we can keep our community safe. Please see SWS guidelines on properly handling organics.
What day does the cart get serviced? Is it the same day as my trash and recycling?
Service days are changing in 2021. Please see your email for more information on your service day or call (907) 343-6250. Service may or may not be the same day as your trash and recycling service.
My cart didn't get serviced, what do I do?
Please contact SWS Customer Service at (907) 343-6250 to schedule a pick-up.
What compostable bags can I use?
We recommend placing food scraps into paper or compostable bags for easy transport and to keep your cart clean. You may use any compostable bag that meets ASTM D6400 standards . These include:
- BioBag "Certified Compostable"
- EcoSafe "6400 Line"
- Glad "Compostable Kitchen"
- Natur-Tec "Natur-Bag Compostable"
Do I get free compost for participating?
Participants are allowed up to the equivalent of 2-10 gallon buckets of compost per month for participating in the program. Free compost will be distributed at both the Anchorage Regional Landfill and Central Transfer Station community compost sites.
Compost will be available once at month at each site starting in May. A schedule will be released in May and available here starting May 1.
Free compost is not guaranteed as part of the program and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
What do I do with my cart in the winter?
Please keep your cart in the winter while the program is not in service. You will not be charged for the cart during this time. However, please keep track of your cart. Lost or missing carts are still subject to a lost or broken cart fee during this time.
If you elect to not keep your cart please note that you will have to re-register for the program each year. Space in the program is limited and registration is not guaranteed.
Grass keeps getting stuck in my cart, what do I do?
Try venting the top of your cart to allow water to escape. You may also place a small amount of cardboard or newspaper at the bottom of the cart before adding grass to keep it from sticking.
Where does the compost goes?
Food scraps and yard trimmings are collected for composting with Central Recycling Services. All materials are composted at a farm in Palmer. Some compost is delivered back to Solid Waste Services and the rest is used for farm operations. It takes about one year for collected organics to breakdown into useable compost.
Why should I participate in Curbside Organics?
Food scraps and yard trimmings make up about 1/3 of all residential solid waste. By removing this material, you can potentially save money on your trash bill by reducing the volume of trash you throw away.
Keep organics out of the landfill also helps promote community sustainability. When these materials break down in the landfill they produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. SWS collects methane at the landfill, however, we do not want to produce any additional methane. This material also takes up significant space in the landfill.
As part of participation in the program, participants are eligible for up to 10 gallons of free finished compost per household per month. Free compost will be distributed at both the Anchorage Regional Landfill and Central Transfer Station community compost sites. Compost is first come, first served and is not guaranteed. You must bring your own bucket or container to collect free compost.
Finished compost will only be available on the following days:
Anchorage Regional Landfill:
Third Tuesday of each month (May-September)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Central Transfer Station:
Third Thursday of each month (May-September)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
NOTE: Summer traffic at the Central Transfer Station can be heavy and lead to long wait times. Please be prepared for a possible wait.
|May 18||Anchorage Regional Landfill|
|May 20||Central Transfer Station|
|June 15||Anchorage Regional Landfill|
|June 17||Central Transfer Station|
|July 15||Central Transfer Station|
|July 20||Anchorage Regional Landfill|
|August 17||Anchorage Regional Landfill|
|August 19||Central Transfer Station|
|September 16||Central Transfer Station|
|September 21||Anchorage Regional Landfill|
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