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Gypsum becomes poisonous gas in the landfill
"...when drywall reaches landfills--and it does so in vast quantities, as it constitutes about 15% of all construction and demolition debris--it can leach these toxic chemicals into groundwater. And in the anaerobic conditions of landfills, bacteria convert gypsum into hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas. ..." Read more

Hydrogen Sulfide: Health Effects, Detection and Exposure Prevention
(Gases from sheetrock)

Hydrogen sulfide can affect the body if it is inhaled or it comes in contact with the eyes, skin, nose or throat. It can also affect the body if it is swallowed.

Inhalation of low concentrations may cause headache, dizziness and upset stomach. At higher concentrations hydrogen sulfide may cause loss of consciousness and death. Hydrogen sulfide has a strong odor of rotten eggs at low concentrations and a sweetish odor at higher locations.

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Problems of Traditional Handling Methods

Hydrogen sulfide gas may be produced when landfilling gypsum, particularly in a wet climate. Several conditions are required, including a moist, anaerobic environment and a low pH. Hydrogen sulfide gas is toxic at high concentrations (~1,000 parts per million) and has a foul, rotten-egg odor. Several communities in Canada do not accept drywall at landfills for this reason. Read more...


It is about our air quality and the unknowns that are leaching into our inlet, and our wells...
they never closed this landfill, as a matter of fact, it continues to operate heavily,
unmonitored and it continues to smell. Alaska needs to change the laws! Wake up...this is dangerous.

Residents Near Birchwood Landfill Suffering Through Stink

BIRCHWOOD AIRPORT - If you lived downwind of a landfill you probably wouldn’t be surprised if there was an occasional odor. But some people who work very close to the Birchwood landfill say they are putting up with an unhealthy stink almost every day. “By 8 o’clock you’ve got a headache, your eyes are watering and you are coughing,” said Mariann Falcone. Falcone works at the Birchwood Airport. She’s describing what many people feel about an odor that’s been drifting their way for months. “It kind of gets all the way down in your throat, you can feel it down in your stomach, it’s pretty bad,” said John Daily, whose plane is parked at the Birchwood Airport. Neighbors complain of headaches, watery eyes and queasy stomachs that are coming from a stinky smell that is hard to describe. “Sometimes it smells like sewer, sometimes it smells like rubber's burning; you keep looking over there and you don’t see black smoke but it's like what’s going on?“ said Falcone. The landfill is owned by the Birchwood Shooting Club and is located just beyond the firing range. The Department of Environmental Conservation has been keeping tabs on it and said the smell is no mystery. The odor is coming from decomposing construction waste. Chipped up construction materials were buried deep in the landfill, they got wet and started a perfect storm of stinkiness. “They got too much water in there from last year’s rain and some of the snow melt from earlier this year,“ said DEC worker Lori Adrich. “It was just the right combination of materials for it to start to decompose.” According to the DEC, the landfill owners are in full compliance and are doing what needs to be done to stop the smell, including churning up the waste to expose it to oxygen. She said the smell is real but getting better. In the meantime some Birchwood residents say they will worry until it goes away completely. The landfill owners say that will happen soon. They plan to put a thick layer of dirt over the troublesome section of the landfill in the next few weeks. As soon as the soil is warm enough to dig up, they plan to close off that section of the landfill for good.

Note: Could this have been toxic fumes (deadly hydrogen sulfide) from wet sheet rock?

For Alaska DEC contacts and more information on this: Click here

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The Chugiak Community Council voted against this project and had over 800 signatures opposing the mono fill

Cook Inlet Archery Club opposed the mono fill project

The Birchwood Community Council supported the Chugiak Community Councils resolution opposing the proposed Eklutna Inc, mono fill with a vote 30 to 1 . They also passed their own resolution to oppose the Eklutna Monofill project as presented to date because it impacts the Birchwood Community Council area as well - the vote was unanimous

Anchorage Zoning denied the mono fill project

Alaska Waste is proud to offer recycling programs focused on the conservation of resources and an effort to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in Alaska landfills each year. Alaska Waste offers convenient recycling services including curbside recycling and single-stream or commingled recycling. Recyclable materials can also be dropped off at the Anchorage Recycling Center or any number of recycling locations throughout the city.


Links of Interest

Shooting Range Monofill (PDF)
Central Recycling company sues city over disposal discount

Proposed landfills for demolition debris raise alarm in Chugiak, Alaska ~ ADN

Poisons found in Construction & Demolition debris landfills -
"...Things changed in 2003 after federal officials declared a debris landfill in Warren Township in Trumbull County an "urgent health hazard." Water there reacted with gypsum wallboard to create toxic clouds of hydrogen sulfide gas....." Read more click here

Alaska Fish & Game Fish Resource Monitor - Fire Creek ( map ) YES, salmon do spawn and rear in both Fire Creek and Mink Creek!

Important things to know about landfill gas

The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center

CICA is your source for plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry.

Palmer Toxic Dumping Facebook page

Eagel River Chugiak Faults Lines (PDF)

The majority of the waste proposed to go in the Chugiak mono fill is military construction waste - - Learn more about military construction debris complaints Click Here

The more we know the better advised we are ---- Military track record of contaminated buildings ---- healthy-communities-campaign-op en-burning-and-thermal-treatme nt-of-munitions-contaminated-w astes/

Landfills: Emerging Public & Occupational Health Issues

Historically, construction and demolition (C&D) debris landfills have been considered nonhazardous operations, containing relatively inert wastes such as concrete, asphalt, wood, metals, gypsum drywall, and roofing materials. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly clear that emissions resulting from the decomposition of gypsum drywall and organic debris are a public health issue. Drywall, comprised of gypsum (CaSO4 •2H2 O), breaks down into hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds under anaerobic conditions and in the presence of water. When exposed to water, the sulfate in the gypsum is dissolved in landfill leachate (Townsend, 1998) Read more... (PDF)