Solid Waste Efficiencies & Cost Savings

FAIRBANKS, AK -- Borough residents are invited to attend Open Houses that will be hosted by the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s PW - Solid Waste Division. The first of several Open Houses will take place on January 15, 2013 at the Noel Wien Library conference room, from 4:00PM to 6:30PM. There will also be an Open House at North Pole City Hall on January 23, 2013 from 4:00PM to 6:30PM.

Solid Waste manager Bob Jordan says the topic of discussion will be solid waste efficiencies and cost savings. He says patrons using the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Solid Waste could see the proposed changes this spring. Jordan said, “We have identified ways to save taxpayers an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 dollars a year.” Those changes would include shifting the disposal hours at the Solid Waste Facility on Sanduri Street. As of March 4, 2013 the new proposed disposal hours will be from 8:00AM to 4:00PM Tuesday through Saturday. The office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

There could also be changes at some of the transfer sites. According to Jordan, the following transfer sites would be affected: Farmer’s Loop East, Farmer’s Loop West, Chena Pump, Ester, Dale Road, Fox, Badger Road and North Pole. “In an effort to control costs at the transfer sites, we are proposing that the affected sites would be open six days per week from 5:00PM on Monday until 5:00PM on Saturday.” He added, “The sites would only be closed completely on Sunday’s.” Not all of the locations would be affected. Jordan says Midway, Salcha, 30-Mile, Moose Creek, Two Rivers and Chatanika would not see any changes in the hours of operation under the proposed plan.

Jordan explained the Borough is striving to provide a high level of service to the community and its customers. “We will be eliminating most of our program’s temporary employees, one full time position, and spending less on other operational costs under this plan,” he said.
“Efficiencies could be achieved, costs could be reduced, and borough residents would save and still be able to dispose of their trash.”

In FY 12, more than 107,000 tons of solid waste was disposed of at the Solid Waste Facility – an average of 297 tons a day, along with 4 recycling and 4 waste-to-energy programs that include 12,500 gallons of used oil collected for energy recovery, 10,000 gallons of antifreeze and 570 junk vehicles that were recycled.

For more information contact Bob Jordan, Solid Waste Manager at 907-459-1482.