Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved in the Elkhart County Leaf Management initiative.

Make Wise Choices
  • Bag your leaves and drop them off at the Elkhart County Landfill (59530 County Road 7, Elkhart, IN 46517)​ during their scheduled business hours. Both residential and commercial customers can bring leaves to the landfill for free!

  • ​Compost or mulch your leaves, either using your own equipment or equipment from the Compost Program.
  • If you absolutely must burn your leaves, burn them responsibly.
  • Volunteer!
    • Share this information with your neighbors. See if you can help make the process of leaf management easier for them.
    • Help our staff implement these pilot programs and ensure they are successful for years to come! Email if you'd like to contribute.
Participate in the Compost Program - receive a free compost bin!
  • Click here to fill out the Compost Program sign up form. 

  • Bring the completed, printed form to one of these locations to receive a free compost bin. You may also fill out the form on-site:

    • Elkhart County Landfill (59530 County Road 7, Elkhart, IN 46517)​. Please note that compost bins can only be picked up at the landfill Monday through Friday, from 8am to 4:45pm. Compost bins CAN NOT be picked up on Saturdays.

    • One of our "Leaf Management on the Road" special events.

  • For unincorporated Homeowners Associations, we can offer the Compost Program on-site in your neighborhood. Please email if you are interested in arranging a Homeowners Association visit.

Participate in the Leaf Collection Competition
  • If you are part of a group or organization, click here to view additional information about the competition.

  • If you are a resident who would like their leaves collected as part of the leaf collection competition, stay tuned for a list of competitors in late August. You can then contact your favorite group to see if they might be able to help.

Educate Yourself
Reach Out
  • Use the Contact Us form on this Web site to share your ideas.

  • To report inappropriate outdoor burning, please contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management at (800) 451-6027 x3 or at


59530 County Road 7

Elkhart, IN  46517

(574) 522-2581


Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:45pm

Saturday (April through November): 9:00am to 11:45am

Compost bins NOT available for pickup on Saturday


Elkhart County Solid Waste Management District

Elkhart County Landfill

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