Bear Information

Alaska Waste is committed to working closely with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to help limit the occurrences of bears in trash.  Many areas across the state that Alaska Waste provides solid waste and recycling services have been identified as “high risk” for trash related bear encounters by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As a precaution and to ensure public safety, Alaska Waste has delayed the refuse start time until 8:00 a.m. in these areas. This will allow ample time in the morning for our customers to set out their trash.

For all our customers who are not in an area that has been identified as “high risk” for bear activity, please continue to set your trash out by 6:00 a.m. to ensure prompt collection of your waste.  Please do not leave your garbage out overnight. 

For more information regarding bear activity in your area, or to report bear activity, please contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at (907) 267-2137. If you would like more information about how to live amicably with bears in your area, here are some helpful bear tips from the ADF&G.

For service customers in area of high bear activity, Alaska Waste does offer a limited number of Bear resistant roll carts. Service for these containers is $24 per month (only $3.00 more than standard garbage service).  Please call customer service at 563-3717 for more information.

 

Safe Neighborhoods, Wild Bears

Cooperators include:

  • Alaska Waste
  • Alaska Center for the Environment
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Audubon Alaska
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game,
  • Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Bear Committee. 
  • Funding provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Municipality of Anchorage.

 

2009 Commercial Bear-Lid Program

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has identified three neighborhoods with frequent bear and trash encounters; one in Muldoon, Lake Otis and Eagle River.  Through a generous grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Municipality of Anchorage, we are able to offer commercial dumpster customers in these project areas a free upgrade to the bear-resistant lid for three years.  Customers that qualify for the program were sent a letter April 1, 2009.

Garbage that is not properly secured is a danger to our community and harmful to the bears.  Alaska Waste has developed a bear-resistant lid that is durable enough to keep bears out, but light enough to be lifted by residents, tenants, or staff.   

The program begins May 1, 2009 and will continue until May 1, 2012. We will retrofit 150 dumpsters in the project areas.  Lids will be installed on a first-come, first serve basis.

For more information regarding the Safe Neighborhoods, Wild Bears program contact Elizabeth Manning with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 267-2168 or elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov.

Bear resistant cans
Bear resistant cans are available from Alaska Waste. Please call customer service at 563-3717.
Maps of high risk bear areas