Recycling

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Wait List Registration

Curbside Organics participation is currently FULL. You may register and we will notify you if more spots become avaiable.​

WAIT L​IST REGISTRATION HERE

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 ch​eck here.

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 pilot survey.

Collection will end Dec. 30 unless otherwise notified.

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Compost Exchange

As part of the program residents can collect free compost at the Central Transfer Station and Anchorage Regional Landfill. Participants may take up to one five-gallon bucket of compost per week.

Compost will be available for pick-up starting May 1 and end Sept. 30.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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? Check here.

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 2019 program will run weekly from May 1 through Dec. 30.

When will registration close?​

Registration will not close in 2019. Once all carts are distributed customers will be placed on a waitlist.

What does the program cost?

The program is a pilot program and currently free for participants. SWS is currently assessing future fees for the program as part of the study.

Carts are provided at no cost for the duration of the program. However, 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) your service day is THURSDAY. If you live east of Lake Otis or in Government Hill ​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 last year?

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:

​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.

More questions?

compost@muni.org or 343-6275


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