Welcome to City's Solid Waste page!
Alaska Pacific Environmental Services
Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, or APES, 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, and you can visit their website for trash pick up times, holidays, and prices here: Alaska Pacific
In case of emergency, call City and Borough of Sitka: 907-747-1806
Solid Waste Management Plan
What is the future of Solid Waste in Sitka? The Solid Waste Advisory Committee will be looking at existing infrastructure, disposal options, recycling options, cost estimates and rate structuring, public outreach, and consensus building. Click here to follow the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC group) as they work on the Solid Waste Management Plan.
Click the link to see the the current solid waste policies.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Solid Waste Disposal and Recyling Locations
DISPOSAL RATES: Click here for a comprehensive price list and locations for disposing and recycling most everything in Sitka
- Sitka Landfill 747-4041, Granite Creek Road
- Asbestos, asphalt, boats, concrete & construction debris
- Gary Paxton Industrial Park Scrap Yard 747-0549, 4830 Sawmill Creek Road
- Open Tuesday - Saturday, 8 o'clock a.m. to 4 o'clock p.m.
- Aluminum, cars, copper, freezers, refrigerators, steel, tires, paint
- Transfer Station 747-8644, 205 Jarvis St.
- Open Monday - Saturday, 8 o'clock a.m. to 4 o'clock p.m.
- Residential 200 lbs a month - free to residential customers
- Construction debris $0.06 per pound ($123.00 a ton)
- Carpet, fiberglass, foam, furniture, construction debris, paper, plastic, wood, tires ($25 each), televisions
- Granite Creek Waste Area 747-1056
- Open Monday - Saturday 7 o'clock a.m. to 7 o'clock p.m.
- $3.00 per cubic yard
- Brush, stumps, overburden, green waste, tree limbs
- Sitka Recycling Center 747-5669 Corner of Jeff Davis and Sawmill Creek Road
- Cardboard, plastic (1, 2 & 5) paper, glass, metal cans, aluminum, milk jugs, shredded paper, fluorescent tubes ($0.50 fee) Christmas Trees
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.
- Batteries: Car batteries at Napa Auto Parts (747-6659) or Car Quest (747-3238)
- Books: Hardbound books should be reused at the library or local thrift stores. If you want to recycle them tear the covers off and throw away. The pages can go in mixed paper. Phone books can go in mixed paper. Soft bound books can go in the mixed paper bin.
- Car batteries: Napa Auto Parts (747-6659) and Car Quest (747-3238).
- Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard only. Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary. No waxed boxes accepted such as fish boxes.
- Fluorescent tubes: Used and unbroken, Saturdays from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the Recycling Center. 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: Recycle Center on Sawmill Creek Road across from National Cemetary. Shredded paper should be in bags and depsited in the "shredded paper" bin. Mixed paper is catalogs, business/office paper, magazines, cereal boxes. Newspaper has its own bin. Newspaper inserts 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 & 5), be sure you put the right number in the right bin. Cloudy milk jugs should be squished flat. Labels are okay.
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: 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.
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 907-747-1806.
Sitka has two Hazardous Waste Collection events every year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The upcoming event will be in Spring 2014. 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
- Junk Trunk
- 215 Smith Street
- Salvation Army
- 405 Sawmill Creek Road
- Sweet Peas
- 1321 Sawmill Creek Road Suite E
- Tongass Threads
- 236 Lincoln Street, #102 in the Franklin Mall
- White Elephant
- 323 Seward Street