Oil disposal is not permitted in dumpsters. When items are illegally dumped around the dumpsters, Alaska Waste personnel have to go out and pick it up.
“We put it in a pickup truck and haul it to the landfill,” said Kelsey Daniels, site manager for Alaska Waste.
Alaska Waste provides trash services to residents in Kodiak.
Alaska Waste’s contract with the Kodiak Island Borough requires Alaska Waste to clean up around the dumpsters, but Daniels said the borough’s code enforcement officer helps out as well.
Daniels added that illegal dumping doesn’t happen as much as it has in the past. “People are now taking stuff out to the landfill. You’re allowed 500 pounds,” he said.
In addition to the 500 pounds of residential garbage each person is allowed, residents are allowed up to 40 pounds of hazardous waste, according to an informative booklet produced, in part, by the borough.
Oil falls under the hazardous waste umbrella along with paint and paint thinner and lawn and household chemicals.
Residents can report illegal dumping through a form on the borough’s website in the Solid Waste Management section.
The form must be printed out, signed and turned in at their office on Mill Bay Road.