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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Table of Contents: Land Quality

Electronic Waste (e-waste)

Indiana’s Electronic Waste Management Rules 329 IAC 16 [PDF] regulate electronic waste (e-waste) in Indiana through the following ways:

  • Provides for the registration of facilities storing and processing e-waste.
  • Provides standards for storing and processing e-waste.
  • Provides cleanup and closure standards for storing and processing e-waste.
  • Provides financial assurance for the cleanup and closure of facilities storing and processing e-waste.

The e-waste management rules apply to anyone that collects, brokers, stores, recycles, resells, dismantles, or demanufactures e-waste. Facilities that are regulated by these rules must register as an e-waste storage and processing facility with the state. The rules outline the storage, operating, training, disposal and closure requirements that an e-waste storage and processing facility must follow in Indiana.

E-waste is any waste that has one or more of these components: a circuit board, electronic component (diode, resistor, capacitor, or coil), display device, computer, or electronic device. It does not include vehicles or white goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, or other similar large appliances).

There are a number of exclusions for needing to register, which are listed under 329 IAC 16-3-1 and include:

  • a site collecting and storing less than 23 tons in a building or lockable trailer;
  • collecting e-waste that is removed from the site within five business days, to a registered or permitted facility;
  • brokers not taking possession of the e-waste;
  • permitted facilities;
  • storing and processing by the generator;
  • hazardous waste generators that comply with specific requirements; or,
  • recycling operations that have incidental amounts of e-waste mixed with larger volumes of recyclables.

Registration Requirements

Compliance with Indiana’s e-waste management rules involves registering as an e-waste storage and processing facility unless your facility is excluded under the rules. As part of the registration, a facility will need to complete a registration form, develop a contingency action plan, and obtain financial assurance in the form of a surety bond. The registration form provides IDEM with the basic information about the facility and its operation. A contingency action plan is required to be submitted and sets out an organized, planned, and coordinated course of action to be followed in case of an emergency. The final document, the surety bond, is required to provide IDEM with the financial assurance needed to clean-up and officially close a site if the owners/operators were to abandon or improperly close the facility.

Forms are provided by IDEM. There is no fee involved with registering. Registrations are renewed every five years and are not transferable.

For assistance in understanding the rules, determining if your facility is required to register, contact IDEM's Office of Land Quality (OLQ) inspectors at (317) 234-6923. For information regarding the registration form, contact OLQ Permits Section at (317) 233-1052.