Metlakatla Indian Community, AK, Issues RFIQ for a Community Small Scale Waste-to-Energy Project with GBB’s Assistance

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Fairfax, VA (August 17, 2015) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today the release of a Request for Expression of Interest and Qualifications (RFIQ) from the Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC), located in Southeast Alaska, to identify companies that ultimately might be deemed as Qualified Proposers relative to a potential small scale Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facility for processing municipal solid waste (MSW) on Annette Island, AK. The RFIQ is available at, and the deadline to submit responses is Friday, August 28, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. EST.

“The MIC’s solid waste management system’s reliance on the Municipal Dump is unsustainable. We are therefore looking into changing the existing system to prevent the MSW from being disposed in the Dump and allow for its proper closure,” said Ms. Audrey Hudson, Mayor of the MIC.  “Working closely with GBB, we are getting valuable guidance in updating our Solid Waste Management Plan, investigating recycling options, and navigating this procurement process.”

“Through a grant received from the U.S. Department of Interior to update the Solid Waste Management Plan, the MIC is considering small scale WTE strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for the Dump,” noted John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, GBB Senior Vice President, and Project Manager for this assignment. “Our ultimate goal with this procurement is to identify appropriate technologies that can process the MSW and generate electricity and/or heat for facilities such as schools, a medical clinic, or a fish packaging plant.”

Through the RFIQ, the MIC is aiming at evaluating and short-listing companies and WTE technologies that offer an affordable solution providing local jobs, creating energy, and capable of processing at least 5 tons per day of MSW as currently generated by MIC, with an allowance for an increase of feedstock to around 10 tons per day.

Metlakatla Indian Community is the only Reserve in the State of Alaska and is the southernmost island on the panhandle. Its population is approximately 1,500 with an average growth rate of 1% since 2008. Currently, MIC disposes of all MSW at the local landfill and sends used motor oil and toxic waste to Ketchikan by barge for recycling. Twice a week, MIC burns medical waste from the local clinic.

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