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Waste and Recycling Info in the State of Alaska

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.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Alaska

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.