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.
The Alaska Forum is offering Rural Alaska Landfill Operator (RALO) training! This course is designed for the landfill operator and administrator in a village with a Class III landfill. It focuses on the duties of the landfill operator, their personal safety, and the safety of the village. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the landfill operator's role to keep the village clean and the landfill free from harmful substances.
See the Alaska Forum website to register and for scholarship information.
- May 3-5, 2016 in Bethel, AK
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 Preliminary Report for each community. Each of these reports can be found on the Preliminary Reports page.
The Final Report was completed in May 2015 and is available on the WEAR Project page.