Tribal Training: Waste Management Workshops

There are 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States, with 73% located within EPA Region 9 and 10. In Alaska alone, there are 229 Alaska Native Villages. EPA recognizes the United States’ unique legal relationship with tribal governments as sovereign based on the Constitution, treaties, statutes, executive orders and court decisions. EPA works with tribes on a government-to government basis to protect their land, air, and water.  Many tribal governments are responsible for managing solid and hazardous waste generated by their residents on tribal lands.  With limited financial resources, tribes are often limited in their ability to build operational capacity to advance their waste management programs.  Without adequate waste management services, oversight, infrastructure, and public engagement, tribal communities run the risk of increased land, water and air pollution that may harm human health and subsistence resources.

Full Circle (with Prime Booz Allen Hamilton) coordinates a team (including Sherman Consulting, Skumatz Economic Research, Special Waste Associates, and Sweetser & Associates) to develop and provide training and informational resources to support enhanced waste management capacity on tribal lands.  The contractor team plans, develops, and delivers training courses to tribes on solid and hazardous waste related topics to support the development and implementation of sustainable waste management programs on tribal lands. Key topics include: HHW management, Composting, Small Transfer Stations Feasibility, Design and Planning, community based social marketing