Solid Waste

/Portals/0/YRITWC IWMP Mar 2016_1.pdfWhat We Do:

The Backhaul Program was started in 2004 to address pressing solid waste issues in the Yukon River Watershed. Some issues we face deal with prolonging the life of landfills and removing materials that are possible soil, air and/or water contaminates. YRITWC began making partnerships with several transportation and recycling companies to have this material safely taken out of the communities and recycled properly. As of 2008, the Backhaul Program has processed over 10 MILLION POUNDS of solid waste material. Every year the list of materials we are able to backhaul expands. For example, in 2008, we initiated the service of recycling used anti-freeze in our own Anti-Freeze Recycling Center based in Nenana. The Bachaul Program has also branched into providing solid waste handling trainings to Tribal workers such as HAZWOPER, DOT HAZWASTE regulations, CPR, First Aid, Freon Removal, Emergency Response and Incident Command. While we continue to work within the Yukon River Watershed, the Backhaul Program has also helped communities around the state of Alaska and as far away as Russia and Greenland.

Materials That Can Currently Be Backhauled:

Lead Acid Batteries, White Goods (refrigerators, freezers, coolers), Electronics (televisions, computers, copiers, fax machines, microwaves, etc.), Motorized Vehicles (metal boats, outboard motors, snowmachines, ATVs, cars, trucks and heavy equipment), Used Oil, Used Glycol, and Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

Our Partners:

Community Members, Nenana Cheap Tow, Crowley Marine Services, Alaska Railroad, Total Reclaim Northland Services, Inland Barge, AirLand Transportation, Lynden Air Cargo, Weaver Brothers, ABS Alaskan, Interstate Batteries, Arctic Wire and Rope, C&R Pipe, ALPAR, Alaska Metal Recyclers, Northern Air Cargo, Grant Aviation, Everts Air Cargo, Frontier Flying Service, Arctic Transportation Services, Wright Air, Pen Air, Hageland, ERA Aviation, Alaska Cargo Express.


In 2007, the YRITWC Backhaul Program received an Alaska Tribal Multi-Media grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to build capacity among Tribal IGAP and Environmental workers. One of the components of that grant was to provide a Backhaul "How-To" Manual with the goal of helping other communities develop or enhance their own Backhaul programs. In 2008 the YRITWC Backhaul Manual was completed and can now be downloaded from our website. Since things are constantly changing in Backhaul across the state of Alaska, we will be updating the manual regularly with new information as it comes in. We are also taking suggestions from anyone to add to the manual to make it as comprehensive as possible. If you would like to add anything to the manual, please contact Emily Anderson at

Click the link below to access the YRITWC Backhaul "How-To" Manual.

BACKHAUL Sustainability Pla

Integrated Waste Management Plan (2016)


Katherine Brower - Solid Waste Management Coordinator
Direct Phone: (907) 258-3337