Who We Are

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District (the District) was established on April 2, 1991, when the Indiana State Legislature enacted House Bill 1240 requiring counties to form Solid Waste Management Districts. All Districts were charged with the responsibility of developing waste management/reduction plans to decrease Indiana’s dependency on landfills.

In 2018, the District was dissolved, taken under the leadership of the Commissioners of Allen County, and re-named the Allen County Department of Environmental Management with an expanded mission.


Assist the community of Allen County, Indiana, in reducing its environmental footprint, and facilitate best practices for reusing, recycling, and composting.


To accomplish these objectives, ACDEM identifies and designs programs to educate and promote the importance of Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.

These programs include: Household Battery Recycling, Electronics Recycling, and Fluorescent Bulb Recycling.

In addition to education, the Department provides business and local government with financial incentives to expand recycling and composting programs in Allen County. Our Diversion Credit Program supports local recyclable material processors by making it economically feasible to process and deliver recyclable materials to industry.

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