Snowy days and waste buildup at transfer sites

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 6:12 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The amount of snow and ice seen this week, combined with the holiday season, has led to a buildup of waste at the transfer sites throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Alaska Waste, the borough’s partner in solid waste management, has kept the transfer sites open, and has maintained plowing at the sites.

According to Craig Jordan, Operations Supervisor at the Fairbanks Solid Waste Facility, the holiday season usually sees an influx of waste.

As a result of the current situation, the borough is asking those who use the transfer sites to hold off on bringing their waste until the weather clears up.

“What we’re asking is, if you can hold onto your trash a little bit longer and give Alaska Waste a chance to clear those sites out; that serves two purposes. Number one, they can actually get in there and clear the trash out, and number two, the transfer site surfaces are not very safe right now. We have a sheet of ice over the road surfaces here at the landfill and at the transfer sites, so not only getting trash cleared, but keeping residents safe.”

Alaska Waste is bringing up extra workers from Anchorage to help with the trash removal.

While Jordan says residents are always welcome to use the transfer sites if they need to, he recommends using the Solid Waste Facility, or landfill, as an alternative if you’re looking to dump your Christmas trees.

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