Indiana Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste and Recycling Data Reporting
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the reporting of solid waste and recycling data to document progress in meeting a 50% recycling goal for the state. Tracking includes municipal solid waste disposal at Indiana landfills, shipments of recyclables from Indiana recycler facilities, composting, and waste tire processing, storage, and transportation.
Indiana began requiring submittal of annual or quarterly reports of shipments of recyclables from Indiana recycler facilities July 1 2015. See an overview of the results in the 2015 Recycling Activity Summary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of the recycling program?
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is responsible for providing a summary of the information collected from municipal solid waste recyclers, which are mandated to report their recycling activity by the legislature. This first report fulfills that requirement by presenting an overview of state recycling reporting and data collection methods, 2015 data results, and planned reporting improvements; as the state works toward a 50 percent recycling goal.
Who is reporting to the recycling program?
We have two types of reporters: 1) Required Reporters-You are required to report if you are an Indiana recycler who recycles in-state sources of materials generated by more than one person. In general, this includes: -a recyclable materials broker; -an owner or operator of a solid waste disposal facility at which recycling occurs; -the owner or operator of a material recovery facility; -a solid waste management district. 2) Voluntary Reporters-You may report voluntarily if you are: -a scrap metal processing facility—ferrous and nonferrous, such as an automotive salvage recycler or rebuilder; -a person who took action to recover, from the solid waste stream, materials that were not municipal waste; for purposes of: use or reuse; conversion into raw materials; or use in the production of new products. This would include manufacturers or retailers.
Where can I find information about recycling in Indiana?
The Recycle Indiana website provides information on recycling and waste reduction.
Where can I find more information about Indiana’s solid waste program?
The IDEM Solid Waste website provides regulations and other resources associated with solid waste programs. The IDEM Permitted Solid Waste Facility Quarterly Reports website provides regulations and other resources and the complete Indiana Solid Waste Quarterly Reports dataset is available for download.
Where can I find information about composting reporting?
The Registered Composting Facility Annual Report website provides regulations and other resources for the compost reporting program.