SEWARD TRANSFER FACILITY (STF)

(907) 224-5327

Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM

CLOSED SUNDAYS OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL

 Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Location
The Seward Transfer Facility is located at 3200 Dimond Blvd., 3 miles north of downtown Seward, in the NE ¼ of Sec. 28, T1N, R1E, S.M., AK. No ADEC permit is required to operate this site.

Background
The site was established by the City of Seward and operated as an open landfill for many years. The Borough assumed site operations in 1974 and operated it as the Seward Landfill. Due to space limitations, in 1991 it was determined that the landfill should be relocated. Several locations were considered but all were either publicly opposed to or not suitable for landfill use. It was ultimately deemed the best course of action to close the landfill, open a transfer facility and haul the municipal solid waste to the Central Peninsula Landfill. The site sits on a 10-acre Borough owned parcel and includes the old landfill, Seward Monofill, Seward Transfer Facililty and buffer property. It serves about 5,000 year round residents from Seward to Moose Pass along with numerous summer fishing businesses and cruise ships.

Construction
In 1990 funding was appropriated through State of Alaska and ADEC Grants and Borough General Obligation Bonds to close out the old landfill and build a transfer facility. Construction consisted of a 6,000 square foot transfer building with a waste tipping area, a trailer bay, administrative space, a recycling room, a used oil collection tank, a hazardous waste storage container, an evaporator and evaporator shed, a storage shed, partially paved parking and driving areas and materials stockpile and burial area. The facility opened in 1992.

Operations
An Operator under contract to the Borough operates the facility in conjunction with the Seward Monofill. The Operator is responsible for supplying the equipment, manpower and supplies necessary to perform all operations and maintenance of the Facility in a safe manner. Contract services include monitoring activities during operating hours, conducting litter cleanup, snow removal and access road maintenance. The contract duration is three years with a renewal option of two years subject to the agreement of both of the parties, contract compliance, and annual approval of funding.

The public and commercial haulers deposit municipal solid waste onto the tipping floor. The waste is removed from the floor with a loader and placed in a transfer trailer.

Operational hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:45 pm and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 tons of municipal solid waste are transported to the Central Peninsula Landfill each year.

Hazardous Waste
Used oil and lead acid and household batteries are accepted daily. The Borough contracts a hauler for the used oil and batteries. Revenue is generated for the Borough from the sale of the lead acid batteries.

Hazardous waste collection program events are conducted throughout the year by a Borough Contractor who manages the events and waste management.

Recycling
The Seward Transfer Facility has small doors in the side of the building for recyclable materials including aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, glass, mixed paper and newspaper. There are also two 40-cubic yard containers for PETE #1 and HDPE #2 plastics. Refrigerators and freezers are either stockpiled at the Seward Transfer Facility for shipping to recycle markets after refrigerants are removed or placed in the Seward Monofill. The onsite management of recyclables is the sole responsibility of the Operator.

Monitoring
The Operator is responsible for waste screening for exclusion.

Fees
Seward Transfer Facility does not have scales and charges commercial vehicles for specific waste items based on volume.  Households are not charged fees.  See "Rules" for a list of currently accepted materials and rates.

Rules

 Waste Segregation