Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Services & Rates

The Solid Waste Division is fully funded by rates and fees and does not collect any tax revenue to operate.

The Solid Waste Division rates are determined annually and usually take effect on July 1. Each year, services are analyzed regularly for cost efficiency and Best Management Practices. Rates are then recommended to the Borough Assembly for approval.

Solid Waste Staff takes pride in providing high quality service at the lowest possible costs. Many factors create the need for periodic rate increases. Some of these costs include managing 13 transfer sites, a landfill, Household Hazardous Waste collection, gas management systems, cell development and closure for waste disposal, and many other factors such as water analysis and safety improvements.

You can help keep costs down by recycling, using our reuse program and composting. Contact our Recycling Program Coordinator at 907-861-7605 to learn more.

Warning: Hauling of unsecured refuse is prohibited by Borough Code 8.05.070. A $15.00 fee for unsecured residential loads will be assessed upon entry to the landfill. Loads must be secured to the vehicle by tarp, rope, bungee cord, cargo net, tie-down straps, etc. Garbage cans with lids or tied trash bags must also be secured to the vehicle.

Central Landfill Disposal Rates

 

Central Landfill Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2021
33-gallon Bag or Can $2.00 each, limit 2 per day
Minimum Charge $10.00 if more than 2 bags, up to 200 pounds
MSW Residential (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $142.00/ton
MSW Residential (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $284.00/ton
MSW Commercial $142.00/ton
Unsecured Load Fee (residential loads) $15.00 in addition to regular load fees
Unsecured Load Fee (commercial loads) $50.00 in addition to regular load fees
Refrigerator (residential) Refrigerant Removal $45.00 plus scrap metal weight charge
Refrigerator (commercial) Refrigerant Removal $60.00 plus scrap metal weight charge
Scrap Metal $75.00 per ton
Construction & Demolition Material (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $128.00 per ton
Construction & Demolition Material (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $256.00 per ton
Animal Carcass $142.00/ton
Brush or Grass $128.00/ton
Special Handling Fee (in addition to the fine above for clean-up or for any help requested from Borough personnel or equipment) $100.00 per half hour
Weight Ticket - Vehicle or Trailer $20.00 per ticket

Transfer Station Disposal Rates

All loads taken to Transfer Stations must not exceed five (5) cubic yards and/or eight (8) feet in length. To calculate your cubic yards, multiply your load's length x width x height and divide that number by 27.

Transfer Station Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2021
33-gallon Bag or Can $2.00 each, limit 2 per day
1 Cubic Yard or Less $17.00 per load
1.1 to 2 Cubic Yards $34.00 per load
2.1 to 3 Cubic Yards $51.00 per load
3.1 to 4 Cubic Yards $68.00 per load
4.1 to 5 Cubic Yards $85.00 per load
Unsecured Load Fee $15.00 in addition to regular load fees
Refrigerator (residential) Refrigerant Removal - BIG LAKE ONLY $45.00 plus cubic yard charge
Antifreeze (limit of 5 gallons per day) 1 gallon free, then $1.00 per gallon
Batteries - car or larger 12-volt (limit of 5 per day) 5 free per day
Latex Paint (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
Used Cooking Oil (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
Used Motor Oil (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), Commercial Hazardous Waste, & Special Waste Disposal Rates

All Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) will now come through the main gate and across the residential scale. Antifreeze, paints, used oil, automotive batteries, pesticides, household cleaners, furniture strippers, adhesives, and other HHW items will now be accepted 7 days per week at the Central Landfill.
  • Residential HHW will be charged at the MSW Residential disposal rate (minimum charge applies).
  • Commercially generated hazardous waste will be charged at the rates listed below.
Commercial Hazardous Waste Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2021
Antifreeze $1.00 per gallon
*Asbestos (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $85.00 per ton
*Asbestos (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $170.00 per ton
Batteries - car or larger $5.00 each
*Bio-Solids $160.00 per ton
*Contaminated Soil (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $200.00 per ton
*Contaminated Soil (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $400.00 per ton
Electronic Waste (e-waste) $1.00 per pound
Fire Extinguishers $5.00 per unit
Fluorescent Bulbs/Lamps/Tubes $1.00 per bulb
Hazardous Waste $1.00 per pound
Latex Paint $1.00 per gallon
*Medical Waste $142.00 per ton
Propane Tank $5.00 each
Special Handling Fee (for any help requested from Borough personnel or equipment) $100.00 per half hour
Used Cooking Oil $1.00 per gallon
Used Motor Oil $1.00 per gallon

*Please contact the Environmental Unit at 907-861-7601 or 907-861-7604 for commercial disposal pre-authorization.

Payment for Fees

The Central Landfill and Transfer Stations accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash: Accepted
  • Credit Cards: Most major cards accepted - must have matching photo I.D.
  • Debit Cards: Debit cards are run as credit cards - must have matching photo I.D.
  • Personal Checks: Please have checks ready when approaching the window by pre-filling as much information as possible.
  • Business Charge Accounts: These must be established prior to disposal by setting up an account with the Borough. Please call 907-861-7602 for more information.

Recycling

For more information on Recycling, please visit our Recycling Page.

Construction and Demolition Material

The Central Landfill accepts construction and demolition material. This consists of wood, sheetrock, glass, tires, concrete, and other inert materials of this nature. Cardboard is not accepted in the Construction and Demolition cell and should be recycled.

No household waste will be deposited in the C&D cell. Anyone caught violating this EPA and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulated requirement is subject to fines.

Salvaging is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous processes in the waste management business. Due to the risk associated with salvaging, the MSB Solid Waste Division does not allow salvaging.

Brush & Grass Disposal

Brush may be brought to the Central Landfill and the Big Lake Transfer Station for disposal and placed in the designated brush area. Stumps are accepted at the Central Landfill only.

Brush and grass is not accepted at the Butte, Sutton, Talkeetna, or Willow Transfer Stations.

Between June 1 and September 4, Willow and Sunshine Transfer will accept Beetle Kill Brush. See https://fire-preparedness-msb.hub.arcgis.com/pages/fuel-reduction for more details.

Brush will be charged at the current Construction & Demolition Material rate at the Central Landfill and will be charged by the current cubic yard rate at Transfer Stations.

Junk Cars

The MSB Solid Waste Division no longer accepts junk cars for disposal. Alternate disposal options may be found on the Community Clean-Up page.

Hazardous Materials

  • 10,000 gallons of paint...
  • 16,000 car batteries...
  • and 24,000 gallons of used motor oil...
  • ...end up in the landfill every year!

For ten years, the hazardous waste was diverted to a temporary holding place. On September 7, 2007, a new facility specifically dedicated to handling hazardous waste opened at the Central Landfill. The $1.7 million building was paid for by leftover grant money from the Dept. of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Clean Water Loan program.

This facility ensures that residents can dispose of hazardous materials safety and economically, while making sure that these materials do not make their way into the landfill. The 6,000-square foot building also houses the administrative offices for the Solid Waste Division. Prior to the construction of this new facility, these offices had been housed in both a portable building and the Central Landfill scale house.

Do you have hazardous waste in your home you no longer want or need?

You can dispose of your household hazardous waste 7 days a week (with the exception of Holidays). Come to the main gate to dispose of antifreeze, paints, used oil, automotive batteries, pesticides, household cleaners, furniture strippers, adhesives, and other HHW items.

Please Note:

  • Try to keep products in their original container.
  • Label all containers.
  • Identify unlabeled or unknown material to the best of your knowledge.
  • Do not mix any products.
  • Protect from tipping over during transport.
  • No leaking containers are accepted.
  • Keep away from passengers during transport.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, you can pick up and take home of of these recycled items free of charge through our Reuse program. This program not only improves the environment by keeping these items out of the landfill, but it allows reuse of items free of charge to Borough residents.

Items for drop-off and pick-up may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acids
  • Latex and Oil-Based Paint Products
  • Batteries (NiCad, Lithium, etc.)   
  • Paint Thinner
  • Caustics   
  • PCBs
  • Cleaners   
  • Pesticides
  • Disinfectants   
  • Poisons
  • Printing & Photographic Chemicals
  • Floor Wax
  • Furniture Stripper   
  • Solvents
  • Herbicides   
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Mining Chemicals   
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Fuel
  • Resins   
  • Adhesives

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators:

If your business generates less than 220 pounds (100 kg) of hazardous waste per month you may arrange for the disposal of this waste through this program. To make arrangements, call 907-861-7604 or 907-861-7601. This service is by pre-registration only. Small quantity generators will be charged for disposal.

Please Do Not Bring:

  • Ammunition
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Controlled Substances, narcotics, prescription drugs
  • Explosives
  • Illuminated signs
  • Radioactive waste
  • Sewage/sludge