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Solid Waste Services Launches ANC Community Compost


ANCHORAGE - Today, Anchorage Solid Waste Services (SWS) announces the launch of an expanded ANC Community Compost program. In 2016, SWS diverted nearly 7 tons of food waste through a successful compost pilot program. The success of the pilot program led SWS to expand the compost program in 2017.


“SWS is excited to grow composting opportunities for Anchorage residents,” said Mark Spafford, SWS General Manager. “Diverting food waste through composting helps extend the lifespan of the landfill and promotes local food production.”


Residents can attend a signup event Sunday, May 21 from 9am – 4pm at the Central Transfer Station (1111 E 56th Ave) to exchange food waste for finished compost provided by American Landscaping. Up to 1,000 Anchorage residents can receive compost distributed through a “take a bucket, leave a bucket” system. Finished compost will distributed at the Anchorage Regional Landfill (15500 Eagle River Loop).


Both the Central Transfer Station and the Anchorage Regional Landfill will have food waste drop-off sites. The Central Transfer Station site is open to ANC Community Compost Participants and the general public. The Anchorage Regional Landfill site will only be open to the enrolled ANC Community Compost participants. Only residents who attend the Sunday, May 21st event will be eligible for the finished compost exchange. 


The program will run from Sunday, May 21 to Saturday, October 28.  


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