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State of Indiana Waste and Recycling Tips

Rules regarding solid waste removal/disposal are largely controlled by your SWMD

Indiana is divided into around 70 Solid Waste Management Districts (SWMD) that regulate how trash and recycling is handled. Rules and regulations regarding solid waste removal and recycling can vary by SWMD.

Find your SWMD

The laws regarding construction and demolition (C&D) debris disposal in Indiana

The State of Indiana does not require recycling of C&D debris. However, most of the time it’s cheaper to have C&D material trucked to a designated C&D recycling facility compared to dropping it off at the landfill.

Clean demolition materials – rocks, bricks, concrete, and some others – can be buried onsite, according to Indiana law. There are some restrictions to this rule.

How do I dispose of e-waste?

State law requires that manufacturers of electronics recycle the equivalent of at least 60% of the total product sold that year (Indiana E-Waste Law IC 13-20.5). E-waste would include computer monitors, TVs, fax machines, laptops, computer peripherals, DVD players, GPS units and more.

Most manufacturers of electronics offer take-back programs where you can drop off e-waste. You can also see a list of registered e-waste recyclers at the State’s website.

The Indiana E-Waste Law has had a big impact in just its first few years, helping to recycle nearly 150 million pounds of e-waste.

Find a landfill in Indiana

There are a number of operational landfills in Indiana. You can find one near you by visiting the IDEM website.

The tipping fees at these landfills vary by location. Most charge anywhere from $30 to $60 per ton for general waste.

Where can I find more information regarding Indiana’s environmental rules and regulations?

You can find information pertaining to air, water and land pollution control laws by visiting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management website. You can also signup to receive updates via email as new laws are passed.

Contact the IDEM

  • Phone: (317) 232-8603
  • Location: Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave. in Indianapolis
  • Contact Us page

Recycling Efforts to Increase in the State of Indiana

It’s against the law to throw e-waste into the trashcan or dumpster

The Indiana E-Waste Law of 2009 made it illegal to mix e-waste in with the general waste stream. All e-waste must now be recycled or reused. This includes TVs, computers and peripherals, VCR/DVD players and other electronics.

The new law has helped recycle more than 66.5 million pounds of e-waste in its first three years. You can find the nearest e-waste recycling facility here:

http://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2377.htm

Where to find recyclers and household waste facilities in Indiana

The Solid Waste Management Districts (SWMD) operates landfills, recycling facilities and household hazardous waste centers in nearly every county in the state. You can see a map of locations here:

Find Your Local SWMD

You can find other area landfills and transfer station location information by reading a report conducted by Purdue University in 2012.

Indiana has set a 50% recycling rate goal

Because Indiana never required monitoring and tracking of recycling efforts in the past, there’s no accurate statistics available. This has changed in recent years, and recycling is now monitored statewide. The goal is to reach a 50% recycling rate tentatively by 2019.

Although recycling hasn’t been tracked in the past, Indiana’s recycling rate is estimated to be much lower than average, possibly in the 10 to 15% range. If you take a look at aluminum can recycling, national rates are around 75% while Indiana recycles only about 35%.

To achieve a 50% recycling rate, there are sure to be major changes in the state over the next few years, including but not limited to:

  • Increased curbside recycling availability
  • More recycling containers in downtown and metro areas
  • Legislation – similar to the e-waste law – mandating recycling efforts
  • Increased education and outreach by government and nonprofit organizations designed to get the word out about the benefits of recycling.

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