Introduction

The Solid Waste Division provides proper and efficient solid waste management, disposal, recycling, and waste-to-energy programs. Solid waste disposal provides areawide solid waste services. Solid waste services include:

  • Future landfill capacity construction and planning
  • Household hazardous waste collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy programs
  • Landfill management and operations

Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste

Recycling/household hazardous waste provides safe, proper, and efficient management of recyclables, waste-to-energy fuels, and household hazardous waste. Programs that promote and provide for energy conservation, recycling, waste-to-energy, and household hazardous waste management will continue in the future as technology advances provide an ongoing amount of household hazardous waste byproducts. 

Efforts will focus on utilizing the most environmentally friendly, energy conservation, and cost-effective options to this ongoing waste stream. Fortunately, a very high percentage of collected hazardous waste can be either recycled or used as a waste-to-energy fuel. Additionally, the scrap metal recycling program, primarily consisting of junk automobiles, will continue to provide recycling opportunities for unwanted vehicles.

Solid Waste Collection District

The Solid Waste Collection District provides management and transport of recyclables, waste-to-energy fuels, and waste from the transfer sites to the solid waste facility. The Solid Waste Collection District provides services to residents that are part of the Borough, outside the City of Fairbanks. The services include the management of transfer sites for the collection and transfer of recyclables, waste-to-energy fuels, waste, and areas for reuse (reuse platforms).

Solid waste hauling and disposal costs represent approximately 93% of this Division’s budget. A new 10-year contract started July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2031. Total tonnage at transfer sites 5-year average is 2% with variations from -2% to 5%. A total of $8,081,500 was appropriated for the major maintenance and improvements projects at transfer sites. The last major maintenance and improvement project is scheduled for the summer of 2022 at Chena Pump. Commercial and City of Fairbanks residents use is prohibited by Borough Code. This usage along with other undesirable activities such as littering, vandalism, and graffiti are occurring on a regular basis. A code enforcement program was approved in 2020, and during the spring of 2021 the public education campaign portion was initiated. The public campaign is expected to continue in 2022 and into 2023.  

RECYCLING MATERIALS

ALUMINUM

Acceptable

  • Beverage containers (crushed or whole, empty and rinsed accepted)

Not Acceptable

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminum foil/pie pans
  • Soup cans or pet cans

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD

Acceptable

  • Brown/kraft packing paper (bags)
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper towel, toilet paper and photo mailing tubes
  • Shiny corrugated boxes (with pictures)
  • Staples and tape are ok

Not Acceptable

  • Magazines or newspaper
  • Pizza boxes with any grease/food contamination
  • Styrofoam/plastic
  • Waxy boxes (food shipment)

ELECTRONICS

Acceptable

  • Computer accessories (cables, cords)
  • Computers, laptops
  • Household batteries
  • Ink/toner cartridges
  • Microwaves, stereos
  • Printers, scanners, copiers
  • Small household appliances
  • Tablets, smartphones
  • TVs, monitors

Not Acceptable

  • A/C refrigerators
  • CD, DVD,  VHS, floppy discs
  • Exit signs
  • Gas motors
  • Light bulbs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostats (containing mercury)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Vehicle batteries

Paper

Acceptable

  • Mixed paper
    • Books/magazines
    • Boxes (boxboard)
    • Cereal/tissue, etc.
    • Phone books
  • Newspaper
    • Inserts
  • Office paper
    • Copier/printer
    • Shredded (bagged)

Not Acceptable

  • Cups, plates, paper towels
  • Napkins
  • No paper clips
  • No plastic/metal binders
  • Photos
  • Plastic box liners
  • Used tissue

PLASTICS NUMBERS ONE & TWO

Acceptable

  • Bottles and jugs only
    • Please remove lids
    • Please rinse container

Not Acceptable

  • Food containers
  • No lids, caps, or pumps
  • No oil containers
  • Plastic bags

RECYCLING TIPS

Acceptable

  • Empty and clean containers
  • Flatten/break down boxes
  • Remove and discard lids

Not Acceptable

  • No food or oil/grease contamination
  • No Styrofoam

Contact Us

Address: 455 Sanduri Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Phone: 907-459-1482
Fax: 907-459-1169

Solid Waste Facility Hours

Monday through Friday

8 am to 4 pm

Saturday
9 am to 4 pm

Sunday
Noon to 4 pm

The Solid Waste Facility is closed on New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste Facility Hours

Tuesday through Saturday

8 am to 4 pm

The facility may be closed during lunch hours.

Commercial waste accepted by appointment only on the 4th Thursday of each month.


Transfer Site Hours

Transfer Sites are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


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