Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
RecycleWorks program guiding document for the next 3 to 5 years is the Solid Waste Action Plan. The CBJ residential recycling and junk vehicle program is funded by a monthly fee on utility billings and an Alaska vehicle registration fee. The recycled materials are shipped by barge to Seattle and then sold to various companies for processing and reuse. Any revenue from the sale is then used to offset the costs of the program.
Commercial recycling permits are available for businesses, click here for an application.
Bring your SORTED recyclables to the Recycling Center and the Drop Box
Acceptable Items at the Recycle Center and Drop Boxes:
- Plastics – #1 & #2. We do not accept #3-#7 as there is no market for these products currently.
- Glass – Bottles and Jars. No lids
- Aluminum Cans – Soda and Beer Cans. No foil, pie pans or scrap metal
- Tin Cans – Cans and Lids
- Mixed Paper – White, Colored and Thin Cardboard. Shredded, Books, Egg Cartons, Junk Mail, Newspapers, Magazines, Cereal Boxes
- Cardboard – Corrugated
What Can’t I Recycle?
These items are not recyclable in Juneau at this time
- Film Plastic
- Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
- The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.
- Two years after calling recycling a $40 million drain on the city, New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.
- Recycling helps families save money.
- Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
- Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
- Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.
- Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.
- Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years.
- Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.
- Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.
- In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs).
- A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
- Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.
- Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.
- Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.
- When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
- Antifreeze: Please take uncontaminated anti-freeze to Southeast Antifreeze Recyclers, Inc. Call 790-4305 or take to the Household Hazardous Waste.
- Appliances: For a charge, Capital Disposal Waste Managment wll take stoves, washers, dryers, refridgerators and freezers. For information call 780-7801. Skookum Recycling will take appliances for free. For information call 463-3001.
- Batteries, Car: Return it to the store where you bought it, they will take it back or CBJ Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Batteries, Household: CBJ Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Brown Paper Bags: Reuse at grocery stores (often for a discount) or donate to St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, or Rainbow Foods. Recycle Center also takes them as mixed paper.
- Cell Phones with charger:Aware Shelter or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com or call Phone 586-6623
- Computers: CBJ Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Eye Glasses: The Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions collects all type of eyeglasses: prescription, nonprescription, reading glasses, lenses, sunglasses. They are recycled and distributed to the needy In Alaska and around the world. Contact 907-957-1697 or email@example.com. Any eyecare center in Juneau has drop boxes.
- Fishing Line (mono-filament): Take to Western Auto sporting goods.
- Glass (all colors): Juneau Recycling Center at the Lemon Creek Landfill operated by Waste Management. 5600 Tonsgard Court. (780-7801)
- Hazardous Waste (paint, oil, etc.): Take hazardous waste products in the original container or a container with its contents labeled to the scheduled CBJ Household Hazardous Waste facility. Paint cans where the contents have been allowed to dry completely may be recycled with the metal cans at the Recycle Center at 5600 Tonsgard Crt.
- Hangers: Return hangers and plastic garment bags to the dry cleaner
- Metals (Ferrous steel): For a charge Capitol Disposal Waste Management (landfill) will accept ferrous steel (780-7801).
- Metals (Non-Ferrous): Brass, copper,aluminum and radiators Auke Bay Cans. No steel (789-9407).
- Waste Management (780-7801).
- Skookum Recycling (463-3001).
- D&S Recycling (321-7907).
- Phone Books: Capitol Disposal, Waste Management ‘s Recycling Center at 5600 Tonsgard Crt. accepts phone books in with the Mixed Paper container.
- Plastic Bags: Reuse at major grocery store (often for a discount) or deposit clean bags into the bins locate at A&P Grocery and at Fred Meyer, or donate to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
- Plastics Six-pack Rings: Take to Juneau Wholesale in good condition for re-use. 2601 Channel Drive (789-5919)
- Inkjet Toner Cartridges (Palm Size): The Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions collects palm-size inkjet cartridges (HP, Cannon, Lexmark, Dell, and Sharp brands only) to recycle as part of the Personal Energy Transportation (PET) Mobility Worldwide project (a global charity providing mobility carts to people who are unable to walk due to disability, impairment, or injury). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-957-1697. D&S Recycling collects them at 10011 Bentwood Place, 9a-6p, M-F, 321-7907.
- Shipping Materials: Peanuts or bubble wrap, large boxes that holds shipping art work can be recycled at Taku Graphics (780-6310) near Lemon Creek at 5763 Glacier Hwy.; Annie Kaill’s bubble wrap (586-2880) at 244 Front Street or any store or art gallery that mails items.
- Tires: For a charge Les Schwab or Capitol Disposal Waste Management (landfill) will accept old tires. (Les Schwab789-0380 or WM 780-7801)
- Used Cooking Oil: CBJ Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Waste Oil (household): Five gallons per household per month are accepted free at scheduled HHW facility.
- Vehicles: Please call Skookum (723-7579) & Capitol Disposal Waste Management (780-7801), for more information.
Where Do I Recycle?
Capitol Disposal (Landfill)
5600 Tonsgard Blvd. (Map)
Thursday – Friday
7am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 5pm
Riverside Drive, behind Thunder Mt. High School in back parking lot – Cardboard, plastics #1 and #2 only, aluminum, glass, tin, and mixed paper.
Highland Dr., Juneau Douglas High School back parking lot – Cardboard, plastics #1 and #2 only, aluminum and mixed paper.
Next to Harbor office – Cardboard
Commercial Recycling Permits
Our Drop Off Recycling Program is supported by residential fees. If you are a business or commercial entity, a $100 annual fee is required to participate in our recycling programs. Download the application and pay the fee by check or cash only. Currently, we cannot accept credit cards for payment, we apologize for this.
Residential Curbside Pickup up of Recycling and Garbage is owned, operated and managed by Alaska Waste, Waste Connections.
All information and inquiries can be directed to: