ROCKY RIDGE LANDFILL (RRL)

Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day

 

Location & Permits
The RRL is located 1.5 miles south of the town of Seldovia on Rocky St. within Sec. 6, T9S, R14W, S.M., AK. The current ADEC permit, SW3A026-19, expires in June 2019.

Background
The Borough previously operated the Class III Seldovia Landfill from 1978-2004 on land leased from the Seldovia Native Association.

In 2003 the Borough contracted a professional consultant to perform a feasibility study of a 125-acre parcel found for sale by the University of Alaska for possible relocation. It was determined the selected parcel met the long-term solid waste needs of the community and the parcel was purchased. The landfill sits on 20 acres of this parcel, 7.5 of which are designated for landfill activities, with the other 12.5 reserved as a buffer. It serves about 165 year round residents. RRL is the largest of the Borough's Class III landfills.

Construction
The site was constructed in the spring of 2004 and opened July 1 of that year. Site development includes Cell 1 and Cell 2 with a 3.5-acre footprint for Cell 1, which includes access road, driving pads, waste fill area and an attendant building. The burn box was manufactured and installed at the site in 2005.

Landfill expansion requires costly blasting and rock removal to generate airspace according to the site development plan. The first phase of this expansion was planned as a capital project in FY14. An opportunity to allow rock extraction and export for a Homer project presented itself. A contract was executed between KPB and a general contractor, resulting in approximately 35,000 cubic yards of material being removed.

Operations
An Operator under contract to the Borough operates the site. The Operator is responsible for supplying the equipment, manpower and supplies necessary to perform all operations and maintenance of the landfill in a safe and orderly manner. Contracted services include, but are not limited to, monitoring activities during operating hours, conducting litter clean up, managing burn box operations, and compacting and covering waste on a daily basis.

Landscaping and Wood (L/W) is open burned on the ground periodically as weather permits.

Operational hours are Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. An estimated 500 to 1,500 cubic yards of landfill capacity is consumed annually with a projected life of 25+ more years.

Hazardous Waste
An annual hazardous waste collection event is held in town every fall allowing households and Conditional Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) an opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste. The Borough's hazardous waste management contractor manages the event and barges the waste to Homer in coordination with a Homer Transfer Facility hazardous waste collection event.

Lead-acid batteries are accepted year round, stored in totes, and shipped out of the community annually with the hazardous waste for management under the Borough-operated battery collection program.

Recycling
Three recycling bins are located at the site and are used to collect aluminum cans and PETE #1 and HDPE #2 plastics. The bins are transported by the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Homer when full for management with the Homer Transfer Facility recyclables.

Monitoring
Five surface water sample points surrounding the landfill footprint are sampled bi-annually and tested for a wide variety of parameters. Baseline samples were collected in April 2004 before the landfill was constructed. Current sample data is compared to the baseline sample results to promptly identify any impacts the landfill may be having on surrounding surface water systems. No impacts have been identified to date.

Fee
Rocky Ridge Landfill 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