SEWARD MONOFILL/LANDFILL (SMF)

(907) 224-5327

Open Monday thru Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM & Sunday from Noon to 4:00 PM

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

Location & Permits
The SMF is located at 3200 Dimond Blvd., 3 miles north of downtown Seward, in the NE ¼ of Sec. 28, T1N, R1E, S.M., AK. The current ADEC Permit, SWZA031-22, expires in April 2022.

Background
The site was originally 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. At first the majority of inert waste was hauled from Seward to the CPL but this proved too costly. The SMF began operating in 1997 as a cost effective alternative. The site sits on a 10-acre Borough owned parcel and includes the old landfill, Seward Transfer Facility (STF) and buffer property. The SMF serves about 5,000 year-round residents from Seward to Moose Pass along with numerous summer fishing businesses and cruise ships.

Construction
The SMF is located along the edge of the Resurrection River in an area of high water table and highly permeable soils. A dike was constructed along the river in 1979 and a 1,200-foot extension added in 1991 to protect the closed landfill from flooding during heavy rains.

No contracted construction was required since the areas to be utilized were already well established.

Operations
An Operator under contract to the Borough operates the site in conjunction with the STF. The Operator is responsible for supplying the equipment, manpower and supplies necessary to perform all operation and maintenance of the monofill in a safe and orderly manner. Contracted services include monitoring activities during operating hours, screening waste for hazardous waste exclusion, conducting litter cleanup, snow removal, access road maintenance and managing the monofill.

The Monofill accepts inert waste such as appliances, scrap metal, junk vehicles, Construction Demolition (C/D), and some Landscaping and Wood (L/W). Wood wastes received at the site are burned several times a year. Refrigerators and freezers are either placed in the SMF or stockpiled at the STF and shipped to recycle markets after refrigerants are removed. The removal and hauling of junk vehicles is the sole responsibility of the Operator.

Operational hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 PM. An estimated 3,100 cubic yards is consumed annually with a projected life of 25 more years.

Monitoring
Borough staff samples three monitoring wells around the monofill perimeter annually in accordance with the ADEC permit. The Operator screens for hazardous and other types of waste for exclusion.

Fees
SMF does not have scales and charges commercial vehicles for specific waste items based on volume with a 250 cubic yard limit per job. Fees also apply to the hazardous waste management of CESQG waste. Households are not charged fees.

See "Rules" for a list of currently accepted materials and rates.

Rules

Waste Segregation