Registrations are processed monthly. Registrants will be notified about cart delivery the week of Aug. 31. Service will be weekly through the end of October 2020.
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.
Those who do not comply with program guidelines may be removed from the program.
UPDATE: Due to high demand, finished compost will no longer be provided after July 2020. All collected material continues to be composted. Finished compost from this year's food scraps will be available as finished compost in 2021.
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.
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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.
When will the program run?
Collection for the 2020 program will run weekly from May 4 through Oct. 30.
When will registration open?
Registration for the program is currently closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. We plan to reopen it at a later date. Please check this space for updates.
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 be 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?
If you live west of Lake Otis Parkway (excluding Government Hill and the Eastridge Drive area) your service day is THURSDAY. If you live east of Lake Otis, Government Hill or the Eastridge Drive area your service day is FRIDAY. This 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.
Where are the buckets and bags I got in 2018?
Due to customer feedback, we are not offering bags and buckets this year. 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"
Grass keeps getting stuck in my cart, what do I do?
Try venting the top of you 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.
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