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 People

Director of Landfill & Solid Waste

John Bowers

(574) 522-2581

About the Elkhart County Landfill

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:

  • Whole Tires - If the tire is shredded or cut in fourths, they can be accepted at the above rates.
  • Appliances with Coolant in them - Such as a refrigerator or air conditioner. You may dispose of the appliance only if there is a certified refrigerant reclamation form provided.
  • Car Batteries
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Liquids of any Type
  • Larger Propane Tanks - Small camping size cylinders are ok.
  • Gas Tanks and Sealed Drums - Emptied tanks that are triple washed with holes drilled in them and / or the lids removed to prove they are empty can be disposed of in the landfill.
  • No "Hazardous Waste" - If you have a question about a particular material, please contact the number above.

Single Stream Recycling

Only separate corrugated cardboard from other materials.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections Schedule

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:

  • Tires - Please return tires to a store that sells tires (area retailer).
  • E-Waste - E-waste is accepted at the landfill for $10.00 per unit.
  • Microwaves - Can be taken to Schupan and Sons, 574-524-2100, or to Omnisource, 574-534-3455 or 574-295-4657.
  • Refrigerators and Freezers - Can be taken to Omnisource, 574-534-3455 or 574-295-4657.
  • Latex Paint - Absorb paint with shredded newspaper, kitty litter, sand, sawdust or other absorbent and dispose of in your trash. Aerosol cans can be emptied of their contents and disposed in the trash. Oil based paint is accepted.
  • Akaline Batteries - Dispose of in your trash.
  • Lithium Batteries - Recyclable lithium batteries are accepted.


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.

Yard Waste

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.