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Service Area and Schedule:

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Reserve your curbside compost cart today. 
​There are a limited number of carts, so get yours now.
$5.50 for a 32 gallon, or $11 for a 96 gallon per month. 
Curbside service and Community Composting begins May 1.

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Registration for Curbside Compost is OPEN​​

It is time for another season of composting!  

Register by calling SWS Customer Service at

Service season: May 1- September 28

​How It Works​​

SWS will collect yard waste and food scrap materials weekly. See your registration for details on your service day.  If you are an existing curbside compost customer your service day will not change, unless notified.

Keep your neighborhood safe by properly handling compostable material. D​o 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. ​

​​​​ ​​Accepted Materials:

Fruit Veggie Scraps Garden Scraps, Coffee Grounds and TEa Bags inclidng paper filters yard waste such as grass leaves, garden debris, twigs or weeds.

NOT accepted materials:

No: fish, meat dairy poultry, animal waste or manure, no cooked food or bones, no compostable containers, dirt, rocks plastics or glass.​​​​​
Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate in Curbside Compost?

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 buried in our landfill.

This material takes up significant space in the landfill. Keeping compostable material out of the landfill helps extend the life of our landfill, we only have about 40 years left of useful landfill space. When compostable materials break down in the landfill they produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. SWS collects methane at the Landfill Gas To Energy Plant (LFGTE) and urnes it into electricity for the military base. Although some of the methane gas produced by compost is captured and utilized for energy at the LFGTE plant, some of it escapes into the atmosphere.

Who is eligible for the program?

Any SWS customer with roll cart trash and recycling service may sign-up to participate. 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 or need a reminder of your service day? Check he​re.

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 compost.

Alaska Waste currently offers Curbside Compost in limited neighborhoods. For more information, contact Alaska Waste customerservice@akwaste.com or 907-563-3717.

I live outside your service area and cannot sign up for curbside composting. How else can I participate?

SWS only operates in a designated service area and cannot offer services outside of it.  However, SWS will offer Co​mmunity Compost​ drop-off at the Central Transfer Station, May 1-September 28th (food scraps only).​​

New this year are two pilot composting programs the Workplace Composting program and the Neighborhood Depot program.

Workplace Composting: If you are a composting champion at work this program is for you! There are a limited number of 5 gallon buckets available for the program. Pick up a free 5 gallon bucket, download the compost poster, send an internal work email letting your co-workers know about the program and how they can pitch in, then actively monitor the bucket, empty the bucket at the closest community compost site, rinse the bucket and repeat. That's it, so easy and fun to see the increase in diversion of food scraps to the farm instead of the landfill.

Neighborhood Depot: ​Do you have a convienent location that can be actively monitored where neighboring visitors and businesses could contribute to composting? For $55 a season, you can sign up for a 96 gallon roll cart where neighbors can bring their food scraps and pitch in to composting.

Curbside Composting FAQ's

When will the program run?

Collection for the 2023 program will run weekly from May through September 2023.

When will registration open?

Registration is open now, space is limited, so sign up early! Call 907-343-6250

What does the program cost?

The program is $5.50 per month for a 32-gallon cart and $11 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 compostable material in both the pink carts and regular trash carts we can keep our community safe. Only set out the morning of your service not before 7am, keep your carts stored indoors or secured next to the residence, rinse carts after they are emptied to keep smells down, and place cardboard, paper towels or paper bags in the bottom of the roll-cart to ensure all contents are easily emptied and it keeps your cart cleaner.

What day does the cart get serviced? Is it the same day as my trash and recycling? 

Curbside Compost service may or may not be the same day as your trash and recycling service.  Please see your registration email for more information on your service day or call (907) 343-6250 to confirm your service day. If you are a previous participant, service is the same day as last year.

My cart didn't get serviced, what do I do?

Please contact SWS Customer Service at (907) 343-6250 to schedule a pick-up or email swcs@anchorageak.gov

What compostable bags can I use?

We recommend placing food scraps directly into the roll cart along with your yard waste. Compostable bags are not preferrable due to the colder climate in Alaska. For ease of use and keeping your roll cart clean, paper bags, cardboard or paper towels on the bottom of your cart will help to soak up some of the moisture and makes it much easier to clean after each servicing. 

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 go?

Food scraps and yard trimmings are composted at a farm in Palmer. It takes about one year for collected material to breakdown into useable compost, so PLEASE make sure that there is no plastic, glass, rocks or other non-compostable contaminants.

​More questions?

compost@muni.org ​or (907) 343-6250

Additional information:

2021 Organics Management Feasibility Report​


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Community Compost is OPEN​!

Central Transfer Station,
May -September

Monday-Saturday, 8am-5pm

Off of 54th Avenue and Juneau St. ​​​

How does it work? 

Step 1: Store your accepted food scraps indoors (we recommend using a 5-gallon bucket). No yard trimmings (grass, leaves, small branches, weeds) will be accepted at the community compost drop-off sites. Yard waste is accepted in the Curbside Compost Program (pink cart). Food containers and materials labeled "compostable" are not accepted in this program. 

Please do not use compostable bags, bring your food scraps in a bucket or other container that can be emptied directly into the roll carts. place some paper towel, paper bag or cardboard in the bottom of your container for easy cleanup.

Step 2: Drop-off up to two 5-gallon buckets of food scraps at ​your convenience to​ the Central Transfer Station (54th and Juneau). 

Compost P​ick-Up

Free finished compost is available through participating at Yarducopia there are many gardening resources available. For garden and composting coaching, contact Anchor Gardens. There is a coach in practically every neighborhood who is happy to help you through the growing season. 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension offers information on how to compost here.


compost@muni.org or call (907) 343-6250

​Additional Information:

Organics Management Feasibility Report​​​