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Baler Open for Clean-Up Day - April 28

Cordova Clean Up-April 28th

The Cordova Baler Facility and 17 Mile Landfill will be open from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm for residential solid waste disposal. The Baler Facility will only accept yellow bags, household trash, refrigerators/freezers, and household hazardous waste free of charge.

All other loads must go to the 17 Mile Landfill to be disposed of for free. Batteries may be dropped off at Napa/Anchor Auto for disposal.

No vehicles will be accepted on Clean Up Day. A vehicle disposal day will be held in October.

Call the Cordova Baler at 424-5600 for details and program requirements.

Tsunami Information

Click HERE for Tsunami Inundation Maps of Cordova and Tatitlek, Alaska

Click HERE for Cordova Tsunami Evacuation Information


2018 Budget and Fee Schedule are NOW posted!

The City of Cordova 2018 Budget is now available online. The City of Cordova Fee Schedule is also available. Click the links at the bottom of the City Website. 

Need a Building Permit?

The City of Cordova Planning Department would like to remind everyone that a Building Permit is required for the erection, construction, establishment, moving, alteration, enlargement, repair, or conversion of ANY building or structure located within the City.

Building Permits are required in order to ensure that all projects adhere to zoning requirements, height requirements, setbacks, minimum lot size, and permitted uses which vary throughout the City.

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 424-6220, or visit click the LINK.

Do you need a ROW Permit?

A Reminder From the Public Works Department

Please remember that any work, excavation, construction, or use of City roads, streets, property, or Rights of Way

requires a City ROW Permit / Street Cut permit, which is available on the City website.

 Contact Bill Howard at Streets Division for more info. 

City Releases Cordova Center Video

The City is proud to unveil our Cordova Center Capital Campaign Video. Featuring some familiar faces and amazing "drone-based" video, it is a must-see! The video is available on the City's YouTube channel.

Heating Fuel Tank Safety

Baler Open on Saturdays

Your baler is now open on Saturdays for your convenience. In order to accommodate the weekend hours, staff will be closing the facility on Thursdays. Hours are 7:00-3:30, however staffing issues can impact the schedule unexpectedly. You can always call 424-5600 before you go.

Refuse Division Updates

Once a week, a team of folks from the Refuse Division diligently swing by your home to pick up the trash you and your family have produced.  What happens to those bags of trash once they leave your driveway?  Where does our refuse go?  The Refuse facility on Whitshed Road is the first destination for trash.

Since 1998, the Refuse Division has baled our solid waste into tight cubes of garbage and hauled these bales by the truckload to the Landfill at 17 Mile.  This year, the 16-year-old conveyor belt that feeds the trash into the compactor has had a few issues that are impeding the Refuse Division from baling trash. 

In the first quarter of 2017, on the conveyor belt, several tie rods, links and wheel assemblies failed due to rust and corrosion. To fix the conveyor belt, it cost the Refuse Division approximately $19,000 and time down with the baler. In the second quarter of this year the conveyor belt failed again and has not been repaired because of the expense.

Since that time, the Refuse Division, led by Aaron Muma, has been hauling un-compacted trash to the 17 Mile landfill. As per state and local regulations, the loads are covered to keep trash from blowing out or escaping on the journey. Once the load reaches the landfill, the garbage is dumped and then immediately covered with crushed gravel that completely covers the loose materials.

Because the landfill is at 17 Mile and the expanse of the area makes it difficult and expensive to potentially fence, for many years there have been bears that frequent the landfill as they look for an easy meal.  People have questioned whether unbaled materials are attracting more bears, but the Refuse crew has not seen an increase in the number of bears over the past few years including this season. The bears got into baled materials as well.

It’s important for the public to remember the landfill is a secure area and not open to the public per city code. It is a dangerous place to walk around without guidance from the Refuse crew. Discussion on the Refuse Division’s conveyor belt repair and whether to bale or not bale the community’s trash may continue at future City Council meetings. 


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