Nanwalek Landfill (NLF)

Open 24 Hours a Day

Location & Permits
The NLF is located on the north side of the village of Nanwalek on Saint John St. in Sec. 35, T9S, R16W, S.M., AK. Due to a lack of compliance in operations by the Native Corporation, an ADEC permit has been unattainable.

The English Bay/Nanwalek Townsite Trustees granted the Borough a long-term rights-of-way permit in 1986 to utilize 3 acres of this 70-acre Native owned parcel for landfill activities. It serves about 250 year round residents.

The Borough has been working for years with the Nanwalek IRA Council to evaluate potential relocation. Due to extremely limited suitable land, efforts have been directed to alternative options instead. A proposed new airport with a road linking the communities of Port Graham and Nanwalek offers the possible option of consolidation into one landfill somewhere between the two villages. This option will be re-evaluated in 2016, which is the targeted completion of airport construction.

Site improvements were performed in 2007 including the manufacture and installation of the burn box. A major effort by HBF staff led to boundary expansion and improved drainage control.

Instead of a Borough contract for operations, an EPA Indian General Assistance Program Grant funds the Nanwalek IRA Council for these duties. Historically, the Council has provided only minimal manpower, equipment and maintenance, causing ongoing operational problems. Unmonitored waste dumping gets scattered throughout the site making it difficult to consolidate and cover. The burn box is not burned regularly and gets too full to operate safely and effectively. The Borough has staged a track loader at the NLF and sends SWD staff over every few weeks for minimal operations and maintenance tasks. A part of their efforts include stockpiling the C/D items for hauling to HMF.

This unattended site is open 24 hours a day. An estimated 200 cubic yards of landfill capacity is consumed annually with a projected life of 6-7 more years. 

Due to the lack of participation, the recycle bin was removed from the community in the summer of 2010.

There is no environmental monitoring of this site.

Fees are not charged because there is no attendant on duty to inspect waste items or collect fees.