Sustainability CommissionThe Solid Waste Division provides proper and efficient solid waste management, disposal, recycling, and waste-to-energy programs. Solid waste disposal provides areawide solid waste services. Solid waste services include landfill management and operations, future landfill capacity construction and planning, household hazardous waste collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy programs.
[ABOVE: Solid Waste Division cleaning up North Pole Transfer Site of gravel and debris
RIGHT: Supporting Clean Up Fairbanks Day, the office of the Solid Waste Division took time to clean up Easy Street.]
RECYCLING/HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE provides safe, proper, and efficient MANAGEMENT OF RECYCLABLES, WASTE-TO-ENERGY FUELS, AND household hazardous waste. Programs that promote and provide for energy conservation, recycling, waste-to-energy, and household hazardous waste management will continue in the future as technology advances provide an ongoing amount of household hazardous waste byproducts. Efforts will focus on utilizing the most environmentally friendly, energy conservation, and cost effective options to this ongoing waste stream. Fortunately, a very high percentage of collected hazardous waste can be either recycled or used as a waste-to-energy fuel. Additionally, the scrap metal recycling program, primarily consisting of junk automobiles, will continue to provide recycling opportunities for unwanted vehicles.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION DISTRICT provides management and TRANSPORT of RECYCLABLES, WASTE-TO-ENERGY FUELS, AND waste from the transfer sites to the SOLID WASTE FACILITY. The Solid Waste Collection District provides services to residents that are part of the Borough, outside the City of Fairbanks. The services include management of transfer sites for the collection and transfer of recyclables, waste-to-energy fuels, waste, and areas for reuse (reuse platforms).
Solid waste hauling and disposal costs represent approximately 94% of this division's budget. A new 7-year contract started July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2021. Total tonnage at transfer sites increased at a 5-year average of 1% with variations from -6% to 7%. One million dollars in funding was appropriated in the fall of 2013 for a Transfer Site Major Maintenance & Improvement Project. A master plan is nearly complete, and a recycling update is being prepared. Current and forecasted funding is available for these projects.