Solid Waste

Alaska Waste

Alaska Waste has been contracted to run all aspects of solid waste in Sitka; the transfer station, the recycling center, the scrap yard, and trash collection.  Their phone number is

907-747-5669. In case of emergency, call City and Borough of Sitka: 907-747-1804


Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Locations

DISPOSAL LISTS, LOCATIONS AND RATES:  Click here for a comprehensive list of items you can dispose of or recycle and where to take them, as well as the disposal rates.


How Can I Recycle...

  • Aluminum:  Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary.  Be sure to dispose of the bags in the trash, not in the aluminum recycle area.
  • Car batteries: Napa Auto Parts - 100 Smith Street (747-6659).
  • Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard only.  Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary.  No oily pizza boxes or waxed boxes accepted, such as fish boxes.
  • Fluorescent tubes: Used and unbroken, Saturdays from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the Scrap yard.  There is a .50 cent fee for each bulb accepted at the center.  Businesses who have large numbers of bulbs should call 747-8670 to arrange for pick-up. Please do not drop off bulbs at any other time.
  • Glass: Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary.  Paper labels are okay.  Remove caps.
  • Oil - Used motor oil:  Each harbor in town has a green container specifically to store used motor oil.
  • Paper:  Newsprint can go in the Newspaper bin.
  • Plastic grocery bags:  Return them to the Grocery store, donate to thrift stores, or the library.
  • Plastic:  Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary. Remove lids, rinse out, and watch for the numbers (1 & 2), be sure you put the right number in the right bin. Cloudy milk jugs should be squished flat.  Labels are okay.

Changes to Recycling - November 2017

The City and Borough of Sitka Center will no longer be accepting plastics 3 through 7 or mixed paper for recycle. World wide demand for recyclable products has declined and forced Republic Services, our waste collection contractor, to stop accepting materials.  Corrugated cardboard, tin, aluminum, glass, and plastics 1 and 2 will continue to be collected.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Letter from Republic Services 10-23-17

China Recyclables Ban Whitepaper 10-18-17

WRRA FAQ on China's National Sword 10-18-17


A great link to read is Smart Plastics Guide by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). 

Tips for Readying Items for Recycling

  • PEANUT BUTTER JARS: A tip for cleaning peanut butter jars - fill the jar up and let it soak overnight, then the next day pour half of the water out, replace the lid and shake it vigorously.  This will clean the softened peanut butter out.
  • PLASTIC SOAP CONTAINERS: Only #1 & #2 types. Containers that held shampoo or laundry soap should be filled halfway and shaken.  Then pour this out and refill the bottle all the way so water pushes excess foam out.
  • LAUNDRY DETERGENT: Large detergent bottles can be recycled also.  You can pour a bit of water in, replace the lid and shake.  Then you can use this water to wash another load of clothes!
  • PIZZA BOX DILEMMA: Do you or don't you recycle pizza boxes? The golden rule for pizza boxes is if there is a grease stain bigger than a half dollar - Throw it away!  Same goes if there is any cheese or toppings stuck to the box... throw it away.  Otherwise it will contaminate the cardboard recycling.

Recycling Links

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Waste is leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. These can include, cleaners, solvents, paint thinners, oils, antifreeze, pesticides, and automotive products.         If you have questions about whether something is hazardous, please call Public Works at 907-747-1804.

Sitka now has one Hazardous Waste Collection event every year.  The next event will be in Spring of 2021.  So save your hazardous waste!  Do not just dump it out or throw it away.

Here are some links about Hazardous Waste

Local Thrift Stores

  • Salvation Army
    • 405 Sawmill Creek Road
    • 907-747-3358
  • Sweet Peas
    • 1321 Sawmill Creek Road Suite B
    • 907-747-7972
  • Tongass Threads
    • 236 Lincoln Street, #102 in the Franklin Mall
    • 907-747-2792
  • White Elephant
    • 323 Seward Street
    • 907-747-3430