Environmental Program

**This program's position became vacant in summer 2008. We hope to have another VISTA project or personnel assume some of the Environmental Program's duties in the future.** 

Started in December 2007, the SWAMC Environmental Program is focused primarily on solid waste issues. Cost-effective, safe, and ecologically sustainable solid waste disposal is a challenge faced in every community in Southwest Alaska. Isolated communities, unique soil and hydrological conditions, limited infrastructure, and high material costs are only a few of the many hurdles communities must overcome. The goal of the SWAMC Environmental Program is to improve solid waste services in our member communities. Topics of interest include: community recycling programs, scrap metal backhaul, marine debris clean-up, controlled burning and incineration, composting, hazardous waste storage and removal, and electronics waste removal.

Regional Scrap Metal Backhaul Program

SWAMC is working towards a regional scrap metal backhaul program. Each community will be responsible for taking inventory of material. SWAMC will assist in bringing training opportunities to each sub-region as well as negotiate with shipping companies and metal recyclers to ensure materials are removed in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible. Inventory sheets can be downloaded here, please fax completed sheets with any available pictures to (907) 562-0438. For more information about scrap metal backhaul please contact Hendrik.

Community Solid Waste Survey

In January 2008 SWAMC sent a solid waste survey to our member communities that will provide a baseline of data for future community led, regionally focused projects. Results will be summarized and shared on this web-page when they become available. SWAMC would like to thank Total Reclaim for sponsoring our survey. Each community in Southwest Alaska that completes a survey is eligible for 1000lbs of free electronics recycling courtesy of Total Reclaim.


Anna Pratt from Total Reclaim and Hendrik Van Hemert from SWAMC with the first load of electronics waste delivered to Anchorage.

Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference

SWAMC's Environmental Coordinator, Hendrik Van Hemert, was co-chair of the WAISC solid waste session. WAISC was held April 3-6 in Dillingham, for more information please visit the WAISC website or contact Hendrik.

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