PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - The Mat-Su Borough landfill has been closed nearly all week due to high winds in the Valley. The Borough's Solid Waste manager, Butch Shapiro, says it's unusual for the landfill to be closed on consecutive days, but the high winds demand it.
The landfill has been closed since Monday because of the high winds in the area this week.
"We can get large items blowing through here, such as box spring mattresses, boxes, and just all types of items that can get caught up by these 60-mile-an-hour gusts, and of course, we're worried about people getting hit," Shapiro said.
The landfill's permit with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation requires it to close down when the wind is blowing steadily at 25mph or gets to 45 mph gusts.
Shapiro said on the elevated top of the landfill, the large semi-trucks can also blow over in high winds.
Shapiro says the landfill normally closes around 10 days a year from windy conditions.