What is Backhaul Alaska? Backhaul Alaska will coordinate the hauling of hazardous waste out of rural Alaska communities. The program will begin with village generated wastes, and slowly expand to become a waste service for agencies, individuals, and corporations doing business in rural Alaska.
When will Backhaul Alaska Begin? A pilot program for community electronics, lead acid batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs is targeted for Summer 2018. The program will develop over ten years.
Why is Backhaul Alaska Needed? There is no safe way to discard hazardous wastes in rural Alaska, and backhauling is expensive and logistically difficult. A well-coordinated statewide backhaul program will reduce risks to health and the environment, stretch rural Alaska's limited dollar, and protect subsistence resources.
Did you know? Because of their remote and isolated nature, Alaska's small rural communities use unlined landfills and burn wastes without any emissions treatment. They are the only communities in the country allowed to do this by law. While burning keeps waste management costs lower for these small populations, burning hazardous waste creates health and environmental problems. To be safe, hazardous wastes must be hauled out by barge or plane.
Backhaul Alaska is possible thanks to inspiration and work from a wide variety of rural Alaska stakeholders:
Lynn Zender, Zender Environmental (907) 277-2111
Backhaul Alaska is a new way of handling an enormous problem. As Alaskans, when we band together, we are able to overcome extreme challenges. Whether you have business in, or with, rural Alaska, or simply are interested in helping fellow Alaskans, Backhaul Alaska will work best if all of us do our part. Is your agency, business, or other entity interested in becoming a partner, or are you interested in volunteering your services? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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