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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.
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.
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.
AISWMD has developed several resources to assist those trying to find their local district.
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.