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 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. 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.
NOTICE: Free finished compost pickup will no longer be available in 2022 as SWS works to make the program more economical. Even though you are not receiving free finished compost from SWS, this effort still helps extend the life of the Anchorage Regional Landfill. Community members are encouraged to check out local resources for finished compost from places like Alaska Mill and Feed, Bell's Nursery, Southside Garden Supply, American Landscaping, Susitna Organics, and more.
Download the 2022 Curbside Compost how-to guide here.
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 you throw away.
This material takes up significant space in the landfill. Keeping compostable material out of the landfill helps promote community sustainability and extends the life of our landfill. 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.
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 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 compost. There will be no online registration in 2022.
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, SWS will offer Community Compost drop-off at the Central Transfer Station, May 2-October 28th (food scraps only).
Alaska Waste currently offers Curbside Compost in limited neighborhoods. For more information, contact Alaska Waste firstname.lastname@example.org and 907-563-3717.
When will the program run?
Collection for the 2022 program will run weekly from May through October 2022.
When will registration open?
Registration is open March 15th. Space is limited, so sign up early!
What does the program cost?
The program is $5.25 per month for a 32-gallon cart and $10.50 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. Please see SWS guidelines on properly handling.
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.
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?
Free finished compost pickup will no longer be available in 2022 as SWS works to make the program more economical. To support this program, sign up for curbside compost service today.
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.
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2021 Organics Management Feasibility Report