A study was conducted of solid waste management practices in remote communities of Alaska during 1980-1982. This study was conducted in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Solid waste management problems were identified for small communities in cold regions and analyses were conducted to determine viable alternatives, including open dumps, modified landfills and incineration. A very limited sampling program was conducted to determine solid waste characteristics. National and international literature was reviewed, including that of Canada. The project included site visits to several small villages, consultation with regulatory officials and discussion with several Canadian agencies and communities. A national survey was conducted relative to state regulations pertaining to small community practices. The results of the study identified many problems existing in small communities in cold climates and found that in many cases state regulations are not enforced and may not be appropriate. The study includes an analysis of solutions and alternatives available.