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 Training
The following trainings are offered in Anchorage, AK by Zender Environmental and Alaska Native Tribal Heath Consortium (ANTHC). There are no fees for any of these courses.
- August 16-18, 2016 7 Generations - Plan Development Workshop (ANTHC)
- September 7-9, 2016 Water Quality and Soil Sampling (Zender)
- September 19-23, 2016 COMBINED Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning (ISWMP) and Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SSWM) (Zender)
Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management (ATCEM)
October 24-28, 2016 at Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, AK. This annual conference is organized by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and focuses on finding and bringing solutions to address environmental concerns for Alaskan communities. See www.atcemak.com for more information.
Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE)
Save the Date! February 6-10, 2017 at Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, AK. Stay tuned to www.akforum.org for early bird discounts starting in August 2016.
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. There is no additional work for this completed project.