Waste in Rural Alaska
Rural landfills are often not connected by road to a larger landfill or are more than 50 miles by road from a larger landfill. They serve fewer than 1,500 people. These facilities are classified as Class III landfills.
Many challenges must be overcome to ensure environmentally sound and cost effective management of these rural landfills. Each community is assigned one of our Rural Landfill Specialists. This person is the community's contact for permitting, inspections, and general assistance to improve their solid waste management practices. They are your one-stop-shop for solid waste assistance and questions.
Landfill Permits and Renewals
State law requires all landfills to be permitted by the Solid Waste Program. If your landfill permit has expired or is about to expire, please contact your Rural Specialist for information on how to get it renewed. If you don't have a copy of the permit, your Specialist can provide one or you can look at our SWIMS database online to download a copy of it.
Funding is an important reason to keep your landfill permitted. If you are seeking funding to improve your landfill, already permitted landfills will rank higher in the scoring process than an unpermitted one. Also, organizations that provide grants or loans for rural projects require a permitted landfill to dispose of the project's waste.