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Industrial Waste

A series of statutory and regulatory changes occurred to this program from the late 1990’s to 2001. Below is a list of several terms used over the years to describe and define essentially the same waste.

  • Industrial Waste:
    • Effective July 1, 2001, the statutory definition of "industrial waste" was repealed.
      • Legislation HEA 1830 from the 2001 Regular Session of the Indiana General Assembly concerning industrial/special waste.
      • Summary of HB 1830 [PDF] and statutory requirements.
      • Please note that generators are still required under the hazardous waste regulations to make a waste determination on every waste they generate using generator knowledge and/or testing. More information about hazardous waste determinations is available on the Land Quality Hazardous Waste page.
  • Special Waste:
    • Legislation SEA 372 which repealed the statutory definition of "special waste" and the disposal requirements at IC 13-20-7.5.
  • Restricted Waste:
    • Restricted waste is waste that is characterized for disposal in a restricted waste site. These are landfills that take industry-specific waste such as foundry waste or coal combustion ashes.
      • Restricted waste is still found in Indiana’s Solid Waste Disposal Facilities Rule (329 IAC 10-9-4).
      • This program is also reference for characterization of foundry sands prior to use under Indiana Statute IC 13-19-3-7.

Generator Responsibilities

Although both Industrial Waste and Special Waste disposal regulations were eliminated, generator still have a responsibility to manage wastes in accordance with environmental regulations. These requirements include but are not limited to: waste determination, storage in an environmentally sound manner, and disposal at a permitted landfill.


Disposal of nonhazardous waste in Indiana must occur at a land disposal facility permitted to accept the waste. A list of permitted facilities is provided below. All landfills on this list are not permitted to accept hazardous waste (with some exceptions such as conditionally exempt small quantity generator hazardous waste per 40 CFR 261.5). As such, these facilities must screen for hazardous waste. Many facilities have historically called these screening programs “Special Waste.” The use of this term by landfills in their effort should not be confused with the repealed statute mentioned above nor should it be seen as a violation of any state law.


No IDEM registration is required to transport non-hazardous waste from a commercial or industrial source. Other programs such as Indiana’s Waste Tire Program and the Septic Hauling do have transportation requirements.

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