The HTF is located at Mile 169.3 Sterling Highway, 3.5 miles northwest of downtown Homer in Sec. 15, T6S, R14W, S.M., AK. No ADEC permit is required to operate this site.
The site was established by the Borough in 1979 as a landfill and converted to the HBF in 1983. The HBF ceased operations in August 2013 and converted to the HTF/HMF. (See HMF for more details.) The site sits on roughly 90 acres of Borough owned land, 45 of which are associated with the old landfill, HMF, HTF and buffer property. It serves a population of approximately 10,000 residents of the southern Peninsula from Anchor Point to all communities along Kachemak Bay.
In June 2011 the Borough received approximately $9,000,000 from a State of Alaska Legislative Grant for design and construction of the HTF. Construction included site civil work and construction of a 9,600 square foot transfer building with a waste tipping area, transfer trailer bay, administrative space and partially paved parking and driving area and commercial weigh scales for disposers of chargeable waste streams. Construction was complete in July 2013 and the facility opened in August 2013.
The facility also includes features that were a carryover from the HBF operations including a recycle tent, recyclable storage/baler building (formerly used to bale MSW and recyclables but now used exclusively for recyclables), used oil collection tank, a hazardous waste storage container, an equipment maintenance building and stockpile and burial area.
An Operator under contract to the Borough operates the facility in conjunction with the HMF. The Operator is responsible for supplying the equipment, manpower and supplies necessary to perform all operations and maintenance of the facility in a safe manner. Contract services include monitoring activities during operating hours, waste transfer to CPL, baler operations, conducting litter cleanup, snow removal and access road maintenance. The contract duration is five years with three renewal options of 1 year subject to the agreement of both of the parties, contract compliance, and annual approval of funding.
The public and commercial haulers deposit MSW onto the tipping floor. The waste is removed from the floor and placed in a transfer trailer.
Operational hours are Monday through Saturday 8:00 A.M. to 5:45 P.M. and Sundays from Noon to 4:00 P.M. An estimated 6,500 to 7,500 tons of MSW will be transported to the CPL each year.
Fluorescent bulbs, used oil and lead acid and household batteries are accepted daily. The Borough contracts out used oil and batteries management. Revenue is generated for the Borough from the sale of the lead acid batteries. The onsite management of fluorescent bulbs is the sole responsibility of the Operator.
Six HWCP events are conducted throughout the year by a Borough Contractor who manages the events and waste management.
Used Oil Collection Tank
Collection bins are set up in a large tent across the parking lot from the baler building for convenient public disposal. Accepted materials include #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, glass, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, plastic bags and tin. Refrigerators and freezers are either stockpiled at the HTF for shipping to recycle markets after refrigerants are removed or placed in the HMF. The onsite management of recyclables is the sole responsibility of the Operator.
Since it is cost prohibitive to transport glass great distances for recycling and because there is a beneficial use at the site, the Borough recycles the glass for use in HTF roads. Crushed glass is an excellent drainage medium in place of gravel, especially since the HTF soils are very silty. Utilizing the glass in this manner saves money that would otherwise go toward the purchase of gravel.
The Operator is responsible for waste screening for exclusion.
Fees are charged at the HMF.