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Waste Cleanup Guidelines for Open Dumpsites

Some wastes at open dumpsites require special handling and disposal. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Abandoned Vehicles
    • Report an abandoned vehicle to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the area where it’s located. The vehicle may have been stolen and law enforcement must review all abandoned vehicles. Provide the year, model, make, and license plate number, if possible.
  • Appliances
    • Contact your local solid waste management district for assistance with finding a recycler. For additional information, consult U.S. EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal page.
  • Asbestos-Containing Materials
    • Follow the asbestos disposal guidance on the Waste Disposal page of IDEM’s Asbestos portal and utilize these resources, as applicable:
      • Asbestos Removal, Handling, and Disposal Guidance for Homeowners (available on the Asbestos portal’s Exemptions page)
      • Regulatory guidance for businesses and asbestos professionals (available on the Asbestos portal’s What IDEM Regulates page)
      • Asbestos Fact Sheet (available on the IDEM Fact Sheets page)
  • Construction and Demolition Waste (including household building debris)
  • Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
    • It is illegal for Indiana households, public (including charter) schools, and small businesses to dispose of many types of unwanted or broken electronics in the trash. Follow the guidance on IDEM’s Electronic Waste page.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
    • Ask the local solid waste management district if a HHW collection site or tox-away day is available. Follow the guidelines for proper handling and disposal on IDEM’s Household Hazardous Waste page.
  • Illegal Drug Lab Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Mercury
    • Never break or put mercury-containing items in the trash. Properly collect, package, label, and transport them to a mercury drop-off site for recycling or disposal in a permitted hazardous waste disposal facility. Follow the instructions on IDEM’s Mercury page.
  • Tires
  • Unwanted Medicine
  • Yard Waste