What Is A Solid Waste Management District?
A solid waste management district (SWMD) is local county’s authority for information about recycling, yard waste, and household hazardous waste (HHW) services. An SWMD tracks material that is recycled, processed, or sent for final disposal (placed in landfills or incinerated). It also conducts recycling and household hazardous waste collection events as well as community outreach and education activities.
History Of The Solid Waste Management Districts
In 1990, the Indiana General Assembly passed Public Law 10-1990. This legislation made sweeping changes in existing state solid waste law, including creating the solid waste management districts. Each of Indiana’s 92 counties (except for Marion) was to have a district or be part of a multi-county one. The districts had a number of responsibilities. For example, they were to develop solid waste management plans, with guidance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). IDEM was to provide policy guidance on source reduction and alternatives to dependence on final disposal facilities.
Solid Waste Management Districts Today
Today, IDEM continues to collaborate with SWMDs in efforts to promote pollution prevention and recycling. The Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts (AISWMD), the primary professional association for the districts, has more information on the district policies, contacts, and meetings.
Finding Your Local Solid Waste Management District
AISWMD has developed several resources to assist those trying to find their local district.
- AISWMD Find Your District Tool:
- This page provides a search tool, allowing users to search by the district name, included county or counties, or contact name. Users are then directed to a page with contact information for the district.
- Indiana Solid Waste Management District Map:
- This map shows Indiana’s single and multi-county solid waste management districts by county.
Education Curriculum Model & Education Guidebook
In accordance with IC 13-20-17.5-6, IDEM and AISWMD developed a science-based curriculum model and corresponding environmental education programs that correlate to Indiana standards. This program guide may be used by solid waste educators across the state.