Solid Waste Program


Bob Blankenburg

Bob Blankenburg, P. E.
Program Manager

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.

Rural Alaska Landfill Operator (RALO) Training - Anchorage

RALO is for the designated landfill operator and administrator. It focuses on their duties, their personal safety, and the safety of the village. Participants will learn about landfill regulations and requirements, household hazardous waste, waste separation and screening, waste reduction and segregation, recycling, personal protection equipment and much more. Participants are expected to attend full training to receive a training certificate.

There are a limited number of scholarships available to help fund travel and lodging costs. See the Alaska Forum website for more information on the course and scholarship.

Upcoming Dates:
  • March 7-9, 2017
  • April 11-13, 2017

Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council Trainings

Contact Katherine Brower kbrower@yritwc.org or (907-258-3337) for registration and scholarship information.

  • May 8-12, 2017 Integrated Solid Waste Managment Training - Ruby
  • May 15-17, 2017 Drum Crusher and Chemical Identification - Koyukuk

Zender Environmental Trainings

See the Zender Environmental website for details and registration information. There are no fees for any of these trainings.

  • May 3-5, 2017 Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling) - Dillingham
  • June 13-14, 2017 Waste Utility Training - Nome
  • July 31- August 4, 2017 Combined Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning (ISWMP) Training and Backhaul Training - Anchorage
  • 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

WEAR Project


Eroding Landfill in Western Alaska

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.

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