Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Skwentna Transfer Station

The Skwentna Story

The previous Skwentna Landfill officially closed on September 15, 2015 due to regulatory requirements and budget challenges. The community of Skwentna cannot support the expensive construction and operations for a permitted Class III Landfill, so the Mat-Su Borough chose to assist the community by opening a Transfer Station.

The State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation directed the Mat-Su Borough to bring the landfill into compliance with current regulations and come up with an alternative method of waste management or close the site all together.

The current Transfer Station officially opened on September 15, 2015 and is located in the old school gymnasium building near the state maintenance building. Public input and data analysis resulted in Manager, Mayor, and Assembly agreement on this as the best solution.

Please support the efforts of the Mat-Su Borough to provide recyclable haul-out services free of charge. Personal waste management techniques such as burning and composting can be successfully used to reduce your waste footprint and help keep our beautiful land clean for the next generation of Alaskans.

Managing Your Waste

Smart choices when managing your waste can help reduce the waste footprint generated in Skwentna. The downloadable and printable Skwentna Transfer Station brochure outlines the rules and operations of the facility.

Thank you for your cooperation with the new program. Contact the Solid Waste Division Manager with suggestions, questions or concerns at 907-861-7606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is a new program and will no doubt experience some growing pains as we work together to streamline the operation.

Transfer Station Rules

The Skwenta Transfer Station must prepare each load of items for hauling to the Deshka Landing pick-up site.

Keeping things organized and complying with these rules will help us to keep costs and your taxes down.

  • All items must be clean and free of food waste.
  • Place items in appropriate containers (e.g. batteries in battery container, plastics in plastics container, aluminum cans in aluminum cans container, etc.).
  • Carefully place batteries in battery container. Throwing batteries on top of each other will break batteries and cause acid to leak into container.
  • Close container lids.
  • Do not mix items in container.

If container is full, please call Transfer Station Attendant at 907-795-5000.

Accepted Items

  • Refrigerators/Freezers Please empty all contents from refrigerators and freezers.
  • Aluminum Cans Please crush cans to conserve space.
  • Batteries Please ensure all caps are tight.
  • Metal Cans Cans only. Please cut out tops and bottoms and flatten.
  • Alkaline and Lithium Batteries Small AA, AAA, C,D, 9-volt, etc.
  • Plastics Plastic bottles, jugs, etc. not to exceed 1 cubic foot in diameter.

Not Accepted

  • Ash Ash is a great substitute for lime and can be used to cut acidity in the soil.
  • Metal Scrap metal (other than cans) is not accepted. This includes automobile parts, household appliances, exercise equipment, metal tanks, etc.
  • Organic Matter Food, wood, and other compostable items are not accepted.
  • Vehicles Snow machines, ATV’s, Cars, etc. are not accepted.
  • Motor and Cooking Oil Any type of motor or cooking oil that has been used for heating, lubrication, cooking, etc. is not accepted.
  • Propane Tanks
  • Anything Else Not Mentioned should be considered as "not accepted". Please direct any questions to 907-795-5000.