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Recycling Efforts Increasing 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:


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.

What You Need to Know About Recycling and Refuse Disposal in Indiana

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 an Indiana landfill

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 the state'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

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Indiana

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.