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Community Outreach and Education Project

The Solid Waste Program is conducting a community-based solid waste outreach and education project. This work is funded under a grant by USDA Rural Development. The intent of this project was to provide outreach, education, and training on a community level that would improve community buy-in, increase sustainability awareness, and decrease the human health and environmental consequences associated with poor solid waste management.

Since 2017 we have visited 16 communities throughout the state under this project. We plan to visit 11 additional communities in 2018 and are currently selecting those communities. 

Materials

The following templates and worksheets were created under this project and are available for public use. If you have any questions on these or how to use them, please contact your rural specialist.

  • Funding Resource Guide - Funding sources listed in the guide are available for solid waste and recycling projects. The sources listed have been applied for and implemented in rural Alaska over the past five years.
  • Landfill Life Expectancy Calculator - This Excel-based calculator has separate worksheets for three different landfill designs: area fill, bermed area fill, and trench and fill. It can be used to estimate the remaining lifespan (i.e. years remaining) of the landfill and to estimate how operational changes can extend or reduce its lifespan.
  • Ordinance Template - Having approved ordinance set standards of conduct and consequences for not following them. This ordinance template allows a community to set solid waste fees, make specific stipulations on how waste is disposed in the landfill, and outlines the approval process for certain waste streams or identify what wastes need to be backhauled out of the community. 
  • Solid Waste Fee Worksheet - This Excel-based document includes two separate worksheets: one to calculate landfill expenses and the other to determine administrative expenses. The Administrative Expense List provides a list of the various expenses from an administrative perspective, such as office supplies to equipment and fuel oil. The Landfill User Fee worksheet contains a list of the various expenses incurred in physically operating a landfill including the administrative costs. The sheet includes information on how to calculate monthly fee rates that should be charged to make the landfill financially sustainable. A Cheat Sheet is provided to help determine costs for each category. For example, equipment maintenance states to budget for performing 200, 500, and 750 hour preventative maintenance on your equipment each year at a minimum.