Alaska Recycling Efforts on the Rise
Most communities throughout Alaska participate in curbside recycling or have access to recycling facilities nearby. Because the State is so vast and most of the population resides in places like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, the availability of recycling programs are most prevalent in these major cities.
Anchorage offers curbside recycling, and recycling rates have been on the rise because of it. The City’s current recycling rate stands at about 20% (as of 2013) and is slowly rising. However, it’s still below the national average of 34%.
This is why organizations like Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Reycling (ALPAR) are making a strong push toward educating communities across the state about the benefits of recycling and making sure waste is disposed of properly.
How do I properly dispose of “______” in Alaska?
In order to maintain Alaska’s natural beauty, it’s important to put waste in the proper place. You can find out how and where to dispose of just about anything – asbestos, C&D debris, fish waste, junk vehicles, cooking oil, etc. – by visiting the following link:
You may need a permit to dispose of construction and demolition debris
The State of Alaska issues one-time disposal authorizations for asbestos or construction and demolition (C&D) debris totaling up to 1,000 cubic yards.
You must fill out the permit application and pay any applicable fees.
In most cases, your dumpster rental provider will handle this step for you or walk you through the permitting process.
Where can I find a landfill, composting facility or recycler in the State?
The State maintains a database of useful maps and information pertaining to landfill locations, accepted materials, contact information, etc.
***You can access a full list of the landfills here.
It’s all part of the Waste Erosion Assessment and Review (WEAR) Project aimed at tracking waste and hazardous substances at all of Alaska’s landfills, expired or current.
Read more about WEAR
Contact information for the Division of Environmental Health Solid Waste Program
If you have questions about laws related to waste disposal in the State, or you need to learn more about anything pertaining to solid waste or recycling programs throughout the state, you can contact the Solid Waste Program offices in Anchorage at (907) 269-7802.
Find other contact information here.