Solid Waste Technical Assistance

RCAC provides solid waste technical assistance and training to rural and Indigenous communities across the western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Currently, we provide assistance and training in the following areas:

  • Biomass Business Development
  • Community outreach and education strategies
  • Community townhall meetings
  • Developing composting programs
  • Developing household hazardous waste programs
  • Developing recycling programs
  • Environmental Justice
  • Financial analysis for waste management utilities
  • Food waste elimination strategies
  • Funding & TA research assistance

  • Health and safety training
  • Illegal dumping elimination strategies
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans (ISWMP)
  • Landfill Operator training
  • Proper Disposal of Prescription drugs
  • Source Water Protection
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Wisdom sharing
  • Transfer station Operation training
  • Waste Audits (Characterization)
  • “Zero-waste” strategies

Community Examples

Below is a list of communities RCAC has partnered with to improve solid waste management:

  • Cahuilla Indian Reservation, CA
  • Chevak Native Village, AK
  • Cold Springs Rancheria, CA
  • Confederated Tribes of Colville, WA
  • Confederated Tribes of Goshute, UT
  • Confederated Tribes of Colville, WA
  • Duck Water Shoshone, NV
  • Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council, NM
  • Kotlik Environmental Program, AK
  • Laguna Pueblo, NM
  • Mora County, NM

  • Native Village of Hooper Bay, AK
  • Nulato IGAP Program, AK
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe, AZ
  • San Idelfonso Pueblo, NM
  • Scammon Bay Tribal Council, AK
  • Selawik Native Village, AK
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, ID
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, CO
  • Warm Springs Tribe, OR
  • Zia Pueblo, NM

Solid Waste Resources

The resources and templates below are available free of charge for any small solid waste utility/program, including transfer stations, and recycling centers.

Contact Information

If you would like to talk to an RCAC environmental rural development specialist about these or other services, contact RCAC’s main office at (916) 447-2854 and request Jacqueline Shirley or complete our Request for Assistance.