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.
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
- Operations Plan Template (PDF)
- Tool to develop and implement an effective program and identify goals and objectives.
- Monthly Visual Monitoring Template (DOC)
- Form to document the conditions and maintenance needs. It provides a benefit to you when your program experiences turnover.
- Waste Index (XLS)
- Spreadsheet to evaluate landfill conditions and show incremental improvements landfill operators can make. You can use this it to see how you would score your landfill.
- Burning Waste in Class III Landfills
- Information on how to properly burn solid waste at your landfill.
- Landfill Life Expectancy Calculator (XLS)
- Spreadsheet to estimate the remaining lifespan (i.e. years remaining) of the landfill.
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.
- Class III Permit Application (PDF)
- Class III Permit Renewal Application (PDF)
- Class III Authorization for Populations Less Than 50 (PDF)
- Landowner Consent Form (PDF)
Ordinances and Fees
- Ordinance Template (DOC)
- Document to set standards of conduct and consequences, establish fees, make stipulations on how waste is disposed, and identify wastes to be backhauled out of the community.
- Solid Waste Disposal Fee Worksheet (XLS)
- Spreadsheet to calculate annual expenses and set an applicable monthly solid waste fee.
- Funding Resource Guide (PDF)
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.