Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Services & Rates

The Solid Waste Division operates an extensive network of Transfer Stations along with the Central Landfill. A network of 36 gas and water monitoring wells are sampled, evaluated and reported to ADEC as well. Services require infrastructure, employees, monitoring and maintenance funding which drive operational costs. The Division makes every effort to keep costs down through creative maintenance programs, limited payroll and other means, however, landfills are expensive.

Large projects drive rate increases. New infrastructure accounts for an additional capital outlay averaging $2.5 million annually. In FY14, a $330,000 project (Cell 2A Closure Phase 1) prepared an old cell for closure to EPA standards. The final closure cost was a little over $3,000,000. It is these types of projects that skew the budget and necessitate rate increases. The alternative to the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund is a tax on all property owners. Although the best method for running the landfill will continually be evaluated, for now the Solid Waste Division is run like a business taking no tax revenues and operating solely on revenues collected at the gates. This method of keeping the business separate from other Borough financial interests is known as an Enterprise Fund, as described in General Accounting Standards Board 18.

In order to save money and reduce infrastructure costs, please consider recycling or other methods to divert waste from the landfill, such as composting.

Warning: Hauling of unsecured refuse is prohibited by Borough Code 8.05.070. A $12.00 fee for unsecured residential loads will be assessed upon entry to the landfill. Loads must be secured to the vehicle by tarp, rope, bungee cord, cargo net, tie-down straps, etc. Garbage cans with lids or tied trash bags must also be secured to the vehicle.

Central Landfill Disposal Rates

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough charges fees for the disposal of solid waste that will be collected at the Central Landfill and at each of the Borough Transfer Stations in Big Lake, Butte, Sutton, Talkeetna, Willow, Trapper Creek, Pt. Mackenzie and Long Rifle Lodge.

At the Central Landfill, fees are calculated on drop off weight by use of commercial scales. In the event the scales are inoperative, the landfill will defer to the cubic yard rate structure in place for the Transfer Stations for all loads above the 2 bag limit. All loads are subject to inspection. The Borough reserves the right to inspect and reject loads.

Central Landfill Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2020
33-gallon Bag or Can $3.00 each, limit 2 per day
Minimum Disposal Fee $15.00 for all loads that exceed the two 33-gallon bag limit and are less than 200 pounds
MSW Residential (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $139.00/ton
MSW Residential (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $278.00/ton
MSW Commercial $139.00/ton
Unsecured Load Fee (residential loads) $12.00 in addition to regular load fees
Unsecured Load Fee (commercial loads) $50.00 in addition to regular load fees
Refrigerator (residential) Refrigerant Removal $45.00 plus scrap metal weight charge
Refrigerator (commercial) Refrigerant Removal $60.00 plus scrap metal weight charge
Scrap Metal $75.00 per ton
Construction & Demolition Material (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $128.00 per ton
Construction & Demolition Material (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $256.00 per ton
Animal Carcass $139.00/ton
Brush or Grass $128.00/ton
Special Handling Fee (in addition to the fine above for clean-up or for any help requested from Borough personnel or equipment) $100.00 per half hour
Weight Ticket - Vehicle or Trailer $20.00 per ticket

Transfer Station Disposal Rates

You can decrease your disposal cost by recycling and compacting your trash as much as possible.

All loads taken to Transfer Stations must not exceed five (5) cubic yards and/or eight (8) feet in length. This is equivalent to a 4x4x8 trailer or pickup truck bed filled to the top of the cab. To calculate your cubic yards, multiply your load's length x width x height and divide that number by 27.

Transfer Station Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2020
33-gallon Bag or Can $3.00 each, limit 2 per day
96-gallon Bag or Can $9.00 each, limit 2 per day
1 Cubic Yard or Less $15.00 per load
1.1 to 2 Cubic Yards $30.00 per load
2.1 to 3 Cubic Yards $36.00 per load
3.1 to 4 Cubic Yards $51.00 per load
4.1 to 5 Cubic Yards $68.00 per load
Unsecured Load Fee $12.00 in addition to regular load fees
Refrigerator (residential) Refrigerant Removal - BIG LAKE ONLY $45.00 plus cubic yard charge
Antifreeze (limit of 5 gallons per day) 1 gallon free, then $1.00 per gallon
Batteries - car or larger 12-volt (limit of 5 per day) 5 free per day
Latex Paint (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
Used Cooking Oil (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
Used Motor Oil (limit of 10 gallons per day) 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon

Hazardous & Special Waste Disposal Rates

The Hazardous Waste Facility is located next to the Central Landfill (located on N. 49th State Street in Palmer). Come down N. 49th State Street, take a RIGHT at the stop sign and an immediate LEFT into the gated parking lot. Follow the signs around to the right side of the building for disposal area.

Free amounts apply to residential disposal only. No free business disposal.

Hazardous Waste Disposal RatesRates effective 7/1/2020
*Antifreeze 1 gallon free, then $1.00 per gallon
§Asbestos (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $150.00 per ton
§Asbestos (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $300.00 per ton
*Batteries - car or larger 12-volt 5 free, then $5.00 each
†Batteries - car or larger 24-volt $10.00 each
§Bio-Solids $139.00 per ton
§Contaminated Soil (from inside the Mat-Su Borough) $200.00 per ton
§Contaminated Soil (from outside the Mat-Su Borough) $400.00 per ton
†Electronic Waste (e-waste) $1.00 per pound
†Fire Extinguishers $5.00 per unit
†Fluorescent Bulbs/Lamps/Tubes 10 free, then $1.00 per bulb
†Hazardous Waste (residential) 40 pounds free, then $1.00 per pound
*Latex Paint 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
§Medical Waste $139.00 per ton
†Oil-Based Paint 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
†Propane Bottle (35 pounds or less) $5.00 each
†Propane Bottle (35 pounds or more) $10.00 each
Special Handling Fee (for any help requested from Borough personnel or equipment) $100.00 per half hour
*Used Cooking Oil 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon
*Used Motor Oil 5 gallons free, then $1.00 per gallon

*Items accepted at the Hazardous Waste Facility and all Transfer Stations during normal operating hours.

†Items accepted only at the Hazardous Waste Facility and only on HAZMAT Days (every Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM).

§Disposal pre-authorization required for these items. Please contact the Environmental Unit at 907-861-7604.

Payment for Fees

The Central Landfill and Transfer Stations accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash: Accepted
  • Credit Cards: Most major cards accepted - must have matching photo I.D.
  • Debit Cards: Debit cards are run as credit cards - must have matching photo I.D.
  • Personal Checks: Please have checks ready when approaching the window by pre-filling as much information as possible.
  • Business Charge Accounts: These must be established prior to disposal by setting up an account with the Borough. Please call 907-861-7602 for more information.


For more information on Recycling, please visit our Recycling Page.

Construction and Demolition Material

The Central Landfill accepts construction and demolition type materials. This consists of materials such as wood, sheetrock, glass, tires, concrete, and other inert materials of this nature.

No household waste will be deposited in the C&D cell. Anyone caught violating this EPA and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulated requirement is subject to fines.

Salvaging is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous processes in the waste management business. Due to the risk associated with salvaging, the MSB Solid Waste Division does not allow salvaging in any area.

Brush & Grass Disposal

Brush may be brought to the Central Landfill and the Big Lake Transfer Station for disposal and placed in the designated brush area. This includes grass, hay, leaves, and wood chips. Stumps are accepted at the Central Landfill only.

Brush and grass is not accepted at the Butte, Sutton, Talkeetna, or Willow Transfer Stations.

Brush will be charged at the current Construction & Demolition Material rate at the Central Landfill and will be charged by the current cubic yard rate at Transfer Stations.

Junk Cars

The MSB Solid Waste Division no longer accepts junk cars for disposal. Alternate disposal options may be found on the Community Clean-Up page.

Hazardous Materials

  • 10,000 gallons of paint...
  • 16,000 car batteries...
  • and 24,000 gallons of used motor oil...
  • ...end up in the landfill every year!

For ten years, the hazardous waste was diverted to a temporary holding place. On September 7, 2007, a new facility specifically dedicated to handling hazardous waste opened at the Central Landfill. The $1.7 million building was paid for by leftover grant money from the Dept. of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Clean Water Loan program.

This facility ensures that residents can dispose of hazardous materials safety and economically, while making sure that these materials do not make their way into the landfill. The 6,000-square foot building also houses the administrative offices for the Solid Waste Division. Prior to the construction of this new facility, these offices had been housed in both a portable building and the Central Landfill scale house.

Do you have hazardous waste in your home you no longer want or need?

HAZMAT Days: On Wednesday's and Saturday's (with the exception of Holidays) there is a scheduled collection of household hazardous waste at the Hazardous Waste Facility. Between 10:00AM to 3:00PM, individuals may dispose of up to 40 pounds of hazardous waste free of charge. Additional hazardous waste may be disposed of for an additional cost. Please note: 55-gallon containers of used oil are only accepted at the collection events.

Please Note:

  • Try to keep products in their original container.
  • Label all containers.
  • Identify unlabeled or unknown material to the beest of your knowledge.
  • Do not mix any products.
  • Protect from tipping over during transport.
  • No leaking containers are accepted.
  • Keep away from passengers during transport.

Additionally, customers may come by on HAZMAT Days to pick up and take home some of these items free of charge. Saving the customer money on purchasing new items, and helping the environment to keep these items out of the landfill.

Items for drop-off and pick-up may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acids
  • Latex and Oil-Based Paint Products
  • Batteries (NiCad, Lithium, etc.)   
  • Paint Thinner
  • Caustics   
  • PCBs
  • Cleaners   
  • Pesticides
  • Disinfectants   
  • Poisons
  • Printing & Photographic Chemicals
  • Floor Wax
  • Furniture Stripper   
  • Solvents
  • Herbicides   
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Mining Chemicals   
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Fuel
  • Resins   
  • Adhesives

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators:

If your business generates less than 220 pounds (100 kg) of hazardous waste per month you may arrange for the disposal of this waste through this program. To make arrangements, call 907-861-7604. This service is by pre-registration only. Small quantity generators will be charged for disposal.

Please Do Not Bring:

  • Ammunition
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Controlled Substances, narcotics, prescription drugs
  • Explosives
  • Illuminated signs
  • Radioactive waste
  • Sewage/sludge