Grant will help Southeast communities look for cheaper waste disposal options

The Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority, or SEASWA, an organization trying to reduce the cost of trash disposal in the region, has received a $500,000 grant from the federally funded Denali Commission to study more economical and efficient options for getting rid of waste.

Waste disposal costs in the region have increased dramatically over the past few years, Wrangell Public Works Director Tom Wetor said. Increases could be due to a number of reasons like inflation, COVID disruptions or fuel and other costs charged by barge companies that haul the garbage out of state.

Due to cost increases...


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