Landfills cannot accept brush, leaves or woody vegetative matter greater than three feet.
Households, public schools, and small businesses are prohibited from disposing of electronics waste (e-waste) with solid waste destined for landfill or waste-to-energy (WTE)/ incinerator disposal.
Electronics manufacturers are required to set up and fund a collection system for used e-waste in Indiana. This comes from the Extended Producer Responsibility legislation which holds electronics manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling their products.
The state originally banned all yard waste from landfills in 1992, but permitted landfills with gas capture systems to continue to accept yard debris to help boost the production of landfill gas used for energy generation. Smaller landfills without gas capture systems objected because it put them at a competitive disadvantage.
In 1997 the law was revised to apply to all landfills, with no exception for gas capture. However, the revised law does not ban grass clippings or woody vegetative matter less than three feet in length.
Indiana Code 13-2-9 regarding restrictions on disposal of vegetative matter
Indiana Code 13-20.5 regarding e-waste disposal restrictions
Waste 360 article: “Legislation: State Yard Waste Ban Battles Confusing Changes”
WAVE 3 News report: “New law bans throwing away electronics in Indiana”Back to map