Iron Dog Champion Dan Zipay appointed director of Anchorage Solid Waste Services


Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson named Dan Zipay the new director of Solid Waste Services, following the resignation of former Director Mark Spafford last week.

Dan Zipay has more than 40 years of professional experience in the trucking and waste services industry. Zipay is the owner of Anchorage-based commercial trucking company Alaska Pro Truck and founder and former President/ CEO of Alaska Waste, an Anchorage based waste collection company originally serving Anchorage, Eagle River and Girdwood.

In 2009, Zipay sold Alaska Waste, which is now considered the state’s largest waste company. Zipay became a silent partner in Denali Disposal in 2017. He is not involved in operations or decision making.

He is a five-time Iron Dog Race champion, a hockey coach, and has been involved in the citywide Clean-Up every spring since 2017. His years of work in hauling gravel, materials, and running trucking companies has helped him build a vast network of relationships nationally in the industry.

“We thank Mark Spafford for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Mayor Bronson. “We are very excited to welcome Dan Zipay as the new Director of Solid Waste Services and look forward to him putting his more than 40 years of professional experience to work for the benefit of the residents of Anchorage. Dan’s frontline experience and wealth of knowledge in the trucking and waste services industry will be invaluable to SWS as they work to update and modernize their operations and improve customer services.”


  1. SWS should now start acting as a Waste Management Company rather than a political organization. We are building a $115,000,000.00 transfer station in midtown as a poison pill to make sure the Union stays in power. The bond for this facility was approved by our liberal Anchorage Assembly before the plan for expansion was ever submitted. Here is where resides the past Mayor’s environmental expert padding our refuse costs. A past Mayor had the idea to use efficient rail to move waste from a midtown transfer station to the Anchorage Land Fill. Instead we still have the huge red trailers moving waste to the dump tearing up our roads with those extremely heavy loads. The biggest tragedy is the Transfer Station takes 22 acres of Light Industrial Land from our inventory of available land for all time. Hopefully this utility will be sold to private industry so that it be run as a competitive business rather than a political organization solely to protect union ideals.

  2. Congratulations Dan!
    Mayor Bronson couldn’t of picked a better person. We are so happy for you!
    Tana and Alton Ogard

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