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Waste in Rural Communities

How Can We Help You?

We provide free technical assistance to rural communities on their solid waste needs. We can help you with:

  • Filling out permit applications;
  • Landfill planning, operations, and management;
  • Establishing household hazardous waste collection programs;
  • Grant applications for solid waste related projects;
  • Creating ordinances, solid waste fee structures; and
  • Developing public outreach materials.

Find your community's Rural Landfill Specialist

Inspections and Landfill Operations

We perform regular inspections of each landfill in the state. They allow us to evaluate the on-the-ground conditions of the landfill and provide technical assistance and guidance on ways to make improvements.

Find your most recent inspection report in our SWIMS database

Permits and Renewals

State law requires all landfills to be permitted, and permits must be renewed every 5 years. If your landfill permit has expired or is about to expire, please contact your Rural Specialist for information on how to get it renewed.

Federal agencies require a permitted landfill as part of their emergency response. Having your landfill permitted is necessary in case of a natural disaster, such as a flood or storm surge. 

Find your permit in our SWIMS database or your Rural Specialist can provide it. 

Ordinances and Fees

One-Time Projects

Large construction or renovation projects, such as water/sewer projects or school renovations, can produce more waste than a rural landfill can accommodate. Therefore, a one-time use landfill is built for the waste and closed after the project is completed. These are constructed, operated, and closed by contractors performing the work in the community. 

Find out what your community should know about Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste in Rural Alaska.

Find Your Community's Rural Landfill Specialist

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