Solid waste management plans offer a host of benefits for tribes and Alaskan Native villages. Through the preparation of these plans, you can assess your cur-rent and future waste management needs, set priorities, and allocate resources accordingly. Working through these issues can help you ensure your waste management system offers the highest level of protection to the health of tribal members and the natural environment. This chapter explains the purpose of solid waste management plans and the steps involved in developing these plans. It also includes references to solid waste management plans that tribes have already developed and are successfully implementing. Throughout this chapter, several publications are cited or referenced. For a complete listing of these documents and specific ordering information, refer to the Resources section at the end of this chapter.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.