Matanuska-Susitna Borough

MSB Transfer Station - Big Lake

For current disposal rates and fees please view the Services and Rates page.

The Big Lake Transfer Station is a facility utilized to consolidate the loads of several waste collection deliveries into a single, larger container for shipment to the final disposal site at the Central Landfill in Palmer.

This facility consists of two 120-cubic yard semi-trailers adjacent to a concrete retaining wall for the collection of waste. There is a Connex for the collection of antifreeze, batteries, cooking oil, motor oil and latex paint. Household sized refrigerators and freezers are accepted (contents and doors must be removed prior to disposal). Commercial sized units are not accepted at this facility.

Due to the limitations of the transport containers, loads may not exceed five (5) cubic yards in volume and/or eight (8) feet in length. Loads that exceed these sizes will be redirected to the Central Landfill in Palmer.

All loads must be properly secured in accordance with Borough code 8.05.070 when arriving at the facility or an unsecured load fee will be charged. Loads may be secured to the vehicle with rope, bungee cords, cargo nets, tarps, tie-downs, etc.

The staff working at the facility are upholding Borough Policy. They do not establish the rates or fees, nor do they establish the limitations of the facility. Abusive language will not be tolerated and disagreement may result in redirection to the Central Landfill in Palmer for disposal.

For questions or concerns please contact the Transfer Station Supervisor at 907-861-7602 or the Solid Waste Division Manager at 907-861-7606.


Mid Valley Recycling operates the recycling collection program for:

  • Plastic Bottles Pete #1: Used for soda, juice, water. Look for dimple on bottom.  Rinse and drain. Discard lids. NO TUBS OR TRAYS.
  • Plastic Jugs HDPE #2: Used for milk, cat litter, detergent, shampoo. Look for seam on bottom. Rinse and drain. Discard Lids. Squash if you can. NO MOTOR OIL CONTAINERS.
  • Plastic Containers #5: Usually dairy product and often medicine containers. Lids are okay if #5.
  • Plastic/Stretchable Bags: Grocery, newspaper, dry cleaning bags, packing air bubbles      No black plastic.
  • Corrugated Cardboard: Break down boxes. No greasy pizza or waxed boxes. 
  • Mixed Paper: Magazines, phone books, envelopes, file folders, junk mail, construction paper, shredded, bagged paper, cereal boxes. Remove any plastic covers.
  • Newspaper
  • Steel Cans: Rinse thoroughly, labels OK, NO SPRAY CANS OF ANY KIND.
  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Kitchen Aluminum. No food residue. 

Recycling is accepted on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm. Recycling dumpsters are in use and will be hauled to the Recycling Center by the Borough. Monitors are required at the Transfer Station whenever recycling is accepted, if you are interested in volunteering please visit Mid Valley Recycling on Facebook.