The objective of the Solid Waste Management District is to promote recycling, source reduction and other acceptable forms of activities which diverts material from entering the landfill. The solid waste district is also involved in educating the public on various environmental related issues such as proper disposal of household hazardous waste and composting.
The following rates apply to Elkhart County and any county adjoining Elkhart County, including those counties in the state of Michigan.
$40.00 per ton with a $20.00 minimum charge
For all other locations, the rate is:
$100 per ton.
The landfill accepts cash or check and we are now accepting credit and debit cards. There is a 3% convenience fee to use credit or debit cards.
All loads entering the landfill must be tarped or covered. Loads not tarped or covered are subject to a fine.
The district sponsors twelve (12) household hazardous waste collections per year for all Elkhart County residents.
Items not permitted to be disposed of in the landfill include:
Only separate corrugated cardboard from other materials.
Collections for Elkhart County residents will be held on the first Saturday of every month at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility near the intersection of CR 7 and CR 26, with the entrance off of CR 7. The hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Items Not Accepted at the Monthly Drop Off:
Medications may be dropped off in the lobby of any Elkhart County Police Station, except Millersburg, 365 days a year. None of the police departments accept sharps.
Medications and sharps are accepted at the monthly household hazardous waste collections, but sharps must be stored in a puncture proof container.
You may also add water to pills, seal the lid tightly, and seal the whole container in a resealable plastic bag. You may soak up liquid meds with sand or kitty litter, secure the lid tightly, and seal the whole container in a resealable plastic bag. Both may be disposed in a landfill in that condition.
The Elkhart County Landfill accepts leaves from Elkhart County households at no cost and without limits, provided there are no sticks or other waste mixed in.
Businesses can also drop off leaves at the usual rate.