The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill located at 1201 N 49th State Street, Palmer, and all Borough Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.
Drop off your unwanted household chemicals or pick up some free paint! Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hazardous Waste Facility, located next to the Central Landfill in Palmer.
FREE Composting Classes for Mat-Su Borough Residents will be held in April, May and June 2019. Registration is REQUIRED. Click on this post for more info!
The Solid Waste Division is responsible for running the Central Landfill operations and maintenance of all Solid Waste personnel, facilities and equipment.
The Central Landfill is the only Class I landfill operating in the Borough. The Central Landfill began operations at its current site in 1980 with a small unlined disposal area. By Resolution 85-35 which was signed on March 19, 1985, the 620 acres commonly referred to as the Borough Central Landfill was officially set aside by the Borough Assembly for future landfill use. On August 1, 1989, Resolution 89-182 officially categorized the land set aside for the landfill as "Sanitary Landfill", in accordance with Borough code.
Crevasse Moraine Trails
The Solid Waste Division entered into a management agreement with the Borough Land Management Division to manage a temporary set of trails on the landfill site officially known as the "Crevasse Moraine Trail System". These trails are allowed to operate on the landfill proper until such time that the land may become required for landfilling operations.
The Solid Waste Division operates under ADEC Central Landfill Permit SW1A007-20. The permit lifespan is five years and includes many addendums and sub-plans such as the Solid Waste Division Operating Plan and the Central Landfill Sequencing Plan.
The Central Landfill has a future lifespan currently calculated to be approximately 160 years. For more information on future planning, refer to the Sequencing Plan which is a commissioned study and planning document required as part of our permit to operate. The permit is issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). The current plan was commissioned and completed in 2014.
Central Landfill operations include:
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The Borough operates a system of five Transfer Stations and eight Transfer Sites. Transfer Stations are operated by Borough employees and Transfer Sites are operated at contracted facilities or unattended.
Transfer Stations and Sites offer waste disposal services to citizens and small businesses at a nominal fee. Small quantities of waste oils, antifreeze, batteries and refrigerators are taken at some facilities. See the individual transfer site link or call the site you are interested in to determine specific services offered at that site.
Fees are calculated by measuring the cubic yardage of waste for anything over two bags of waste. It is in your best interest to reduce your waste through recycling and composting, then compacting what is left prior to disposal. This reduces your wastes volume which will result in a lower rate at the gatehouse. To calculate a cubic yard, multiply length x width x height and divide by 27.
Many techniques are available to reduce volume and therefore reduce the cost to the consumer. See "Recycling" below for some good tips.
The Community clean-up program provides a coordination service for spring clean-up through Community Councils and an application process to the Borough. The service offers dumpster and trash bag resources to these community directed volunteer efforts.
Trash piles, refrigerators, waste found in woods, at end of roadways, on right of ways, etc. and reported by citizens provides a follow up capability and helps us maintain our pristine environment. Look for the new Borough Trash App coming soon. The app will allow exact coordinate and picture reporting. Please report suspected illegal dumping and dumpers.
The Recycling Program provides resources for alternatives to landfilling and coordinates efforts to divert waste from the landfill. The exorbitant cost of waste management and landfilling makes recycling an attractive alternative. The recycling program encompasses several methods to accomplish the goal of diversion:
TIPS FOR RECYCLING