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IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Confined Feeding Operations Compliance > Open Solid Waste Dump in Washington County Cleaned Up Open Solid Waste Dump in Washington County Cleaned Up

March 2007

IDEM oversees cleanup of approximately 300 tons of solid waste at an open dump in Washington County

Partial view of open dump before clean up.

Site Snapshot

IDEM Action

Investigated and oversaw a cleanup at an open dump that included approximately 300 tons of solid waste


Residential property, Fredericksburg, Washington County

Potential Human Health & Environmental Threats

Potential ground and surface water contamination, rodent and insect concerns, fire potential from improper solid waste disposal.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) facilitated an agreement among a property owner, Washington County Highway Department and Washington County Landfill to jointly clean up an open dump in Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana.

In January 2007, an IDEM Agriculture and Solid Waste Compliance Inspector conducted an inspection of an open dump at a residential property, where he found solid waste piled and scattered over 3 city lots near two buildings and a house. After several days of negotiations, IDEM’s inspector reached an agreement with the property owner to allow the county highway department and county landfill to assist with the cleanup. The property owner did not have the financial resources to properly clean up the open dump.

Partial view of open dump before clean up.

Personnel from the local highway and health departments, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer and the IDEM inspector assisted the property owner to collect and haul approximately 300 tons of solid waste in 36 dump truck loads to the county landfill for proper disposal. The cleanup also included salvaging scrap metal and other recyclable items.

By entering into a joint agreement to clean up the open dump, the county and town benefited and the property owner avoided enforcement action.

The cleanup was completed to IDEM’s satisfaction in March.

Open dumping is a violation of Indiana Rules 329 IAC 10-4-2 and IAC 10-4-3. It poses threats to human health and the environment. Solid waste dumped on the ground and near open waterways makes a potential for ground and surface water contamination and adds to an ideal breeding site for disease-carrying mosquitoes, insects and rodents. Fires at these sites are often difficult to extinguish. They can cause a substantial amount of air pollution, which can create large amounts of residue and contaminate nearby land and water.

For further information about IDEM’s cleanup actions at this site, contact the Agricultural and Solid Waste Compliance staff at the following phone numbers or toll-free at (800) 451-6027.

Rick Schroeder
Environmental Manager II, Inspector
Agriculture & Solid Waste Compliance
(317) 308-3389
rschroed at

Charles Grady
Section Chief
(317) 232-7201
cgrady at