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To assure uniform, efficient, cost effective solid waste services are available to the citizens of the District.


  • Created in May of 1990 by the general assembly to reduce the solid waste stream.
  • NISWMD solid waste plan was approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in December of 1992.
  • NISWMD is a joint solid waste management district comprised of DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben Counties-covering 1,468 square land miles; serving 154,683 residents. Population is 61% rural and 39% urban.
  • Governing Board of Directors of NISWMD is made up of local elected officials from each member county. Member counties are represented by one county commissioner, one county councilman and the mayor or town board president from the first and second largest city or town in each county.
  • The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday.
  • NISWMD has six staff members: Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Program Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Mechanic/Supervisor and Senior Operator.
  • NISWMD is subject to the same budgetary process, public meeting, public hearing, public bidding and accountability standards as all other local governmental units in Indiana.
  • Funding comes primarily from the property tax base.
  • Districts across the state are funded in a variety of ways ranging from the property tax base to landfill tipping fee surcharges.

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