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IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Confined Feeding Operations Compliance > Open Waste Tire Dump in Washington County Cleaned Up Open Waste Tire Dump in Washington County Cleaned Up

April 2006

IDEM supervises cleanup of approximately 14,000 waste tires at an open dump in Washington County

Partial view of open dump before clean up.

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IDEM Action

Investigated and oversaw cleanup of approximately 14,000 waste tires at an open dump


Residential and wooded area in Washington County

Potential Human Health & Environmental Threats

Waste tire dumps create potential breeding sites for mosquitoes, insects and rodents and fires.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) provided oversight and helped facilitate cost savings during the cleanup of a waste tires open dump site.

During April, 2006, Rick Schroeder, an IDEM Agricultural and Solid Waste Inspector investigated a complaint about an accumulation of waste tires at a residential property and wooded area near the Muscatatuck River in northern Washington County. He found approximately 14,000 waste tires.

IDEM's inspector met with and explained to the property owner and the hauler that State law prohibits open dumping of waste tires. He told them it was their responsibility to collect, process and properly dispose of the waste tires in a permitted landfill. Staff provided the property owner with a list of approved waste tire processors.

The auto salvage dealer that paid the property owner to take the waste tires delivered a tire cutter to use during the processing at the site.

The IDEM inspector arranged for the shredded waste tires to be disposed free of charge at the Washington County Landfill because the tires were generated within the county.

IDEM's staff oversaw the waste tires cleanup until it was completed to the agency's satisfaction to be protective of human health and the environment in December.

Open dumping is a violation of Indiana Rules 329 IAC 10-4-2 and IAC 10-4-3. It poses threats to human health and to the environment. Open dumps and waste tires make an ideal breeding site for disease-carrying mosquitoes, insects and rodents. Fires at these sites are often dangerous, difficult to extinguish and can cause a substantial amount of air pollution, which may contaminate nearby land and water.

For further information about IDEM's cleanup actions at this site, contact staff at the following phone numbers or at IDEM's toll free phone number (800) 451-6027:

Rick Schroeder
Environmental Manager II, Inspector
Agriculture & Solid Waste Compliance
(317) 308-3389
rschroed at

Charles Grady
Section Chief
(317) 232-7201
cgrady at