What happens to your recyclables?
Some recyclables such as cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs are exported to the lower 48. Other commodities such as glass and newspaper are recycled locally.
Below is a rundown of what happens to the recyclables we pick up and you drop-off.
1) SWS and other providers collect recyclables from your roll cart every other week.
2) The collected material is then dropped off at WestRock's Anchorage Recycling Center. It's cheaper to bring cardboard, aluminum cans, mixed paper, tin/steel cans, and plastic bottles and jugs to the Recycling Center than the landfill.
3) The Anchorage Recycling Center bales the recyclables and delivers it to the Port of Anchorage.
4) Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) works with Alaska shippers to back haul your recyclables at an affordable rate so the exported material can be sold to market in the lower 48. *Materials such as newspaper and glass that are dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center get recycled locally.*
5) Glass bottles and jars are hauled to Central Recycling Services where the glass is made into a recycled glass aggregate. This material is used in local construction projects such as the Northern Lights Water Main Rehab project.
6) Newspaper is taken to Thermo-Kool where it's made into an insulation product.
Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling
Alaska Scrap Metal Recycling
Anchorage Recycling Center - WestRock
Batteries and Bulbs
Blue Arctic Waste Solutions
Central Recycling Services
*This listing is for informational purposes only, and Anchorage Solid Waste Services does not purport to endorse any private business or agencies listed above. Prices, operating hours, and acceptable items for recycling are subject to change. Please contact individual locations if you have further questions about their policies, prices, locations, or hours.
If you are a recycling enterprise and wish to be included on this list please contact the Anchorage Solid Waste Services Recycling coordinator at 343-6275.