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About Waste and How We Manage It

Waste is a part of our everyday lives. We don’t usually think too much about how it is handled or what happens to the things we toss in the garbage bin. Going through life’s normal daily activities, a single person can create a variety of wastes.

With over 6.3 million Hoosiers living and working in Indiana, great quantities of waste are being produced. This makes it vitally important to manage that waste in such a way it does not cause harm to either human health or to the environment. This is done by first determining what type of waste it is so it can be properly dealt with.

The Office of Land Quality (OLQ) monitors the life cycle of waste and manages each type. Every category of waste has its own laws and rules on how to best manage it. Depending on if the waste is sent to a landfill, a treatment facility, or gains a second life through recycling it all factors into how it can affect our lives later on. By responsibly dealing with our waste, we ensure our actions will not negatively impact us or our neighbors.

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