Solid Waste Program
Bob Blankenburg, P. E.
Alaska contains over 215 municipal landfills in communities across the state. In addition, over 115 waste storage, treatment, or disposal facilities support Alaskan industries, including the oil and gas development, mining, timber, construction, fishing, and tourism industries. The ADEC Solid Waste Program regulates health and environmental compliance at these facilities through a combination of design review, permits and authorizations, inspections, monitoring, and compliance assistance. Program staff are dedicated to improving compliance and permitting at all solid waste facilities in Alaska.
*Septic systems are regulated by the Division of Water - Wastewater Discharge. Contact them with questions at 907-269-7673.
Solid Waste Trainings
Solid Waste Monthly Teleconference
The Northern and Interior Region host a monthly forum for all of us working towards improving solid waste management in rural Alaska to meet and share information with each other. The topics are flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate new and pressing issues. If you are interested in participating or just listening in, please see the monthly topic and register online.
See the Zender Environmental website for details and registration information. There are no fees for any of these trainings.
- August 23-25, 2017 Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling) - Anchorage
- September 11-15, 2017 Combined Solid Waste Training and Waste Utility Training - Anchorage
Eroding Landfill in Western Alaska
The Solid Waste Program conducted a 4 year Waste Erosion Assessment and Review (WEAR) project to inventory landfills, contaminated sites, tank farms, and other sites of environmental concern. These sites were then prioritized based on their erosion and contaminant risk with the 20 highest ranked sites receiving a Detailed Action Plan.
We visited 124 communities to throughout the project and created a Community Report for each community. Each of these reports can be found on the Community Reports page.
The Final Report was completed in May 2015 and is available on the WEAR Project page. There is no additional work for this completed project.