New Traffic alert – Charles St from Lincolnway East to Vistula Rd restricted to thru traffic. (6/4-8/16) Access to Twin Branch Park and parking lot is open. NIPSCO has also notified the City of Mishawaka that a very necessary and immediate repair/maintenance is going to take place on their 16″ Steel Pipeline on southbound 331.  There will be partial lane closure southbound 331 starting Wednesday, 6/5/2024 on 331 near Dragoon Trail and Dragoon Trail will be closed west of 331 (1,600 feet) for excavation.  The work may take longer than five days to complete. It will most likely take crews five days to repair the line with additional days to do inspection and clean up/restore the excavation area. NIPSCO is looking at closer to being in that area for two weeks.    
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Environmental Center

Organic Resource and Household Hazardous Waste Center

The Organic Resource and Household Hazardous Waste Center in Mishawaka will close for the season after end of business on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Residents of Mishawaka are responsible for proper disposal of their solid waste items. Please note, it is illegal to dump or openly burn solid waste in several areas in the state of Indiana. Please understand the proper disposal process for all household waste. The City of Mishawaka thanks you ahead of time for your dedication to keeping our city clean and safe.

Seasonal Services

For snow removal, leaf pickup and even Christmas tree disposal, our Central Services Division has you covered. Mishawaka experiences all four seasons, and we are dedicated to making sure our city stays clean and safe no matter the weather.


The Environmental Center no longer accepts bottles, cans, newspapers, cardboard or other common household products for recycling. Mishawaka residents can recycle those products through the city’s Curbside Recycling Program.

Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Mishawaka does its best to keep our city clean and free from hazardous wastes. “Household hazardous waste” is an item or waste generated by households that is not federally regulated but is a regulated solid waste by the state of Indiana. These items are considered toxic, corrosive or pose a threat to human safety or the safety of our environment. 

What are some items considered as household hazardous waste?

  • Oil paint, stains and varnish
  • Cleaners
  • Oils: used motor oils, antifreeze, oil filters
  • Gasoline
  • Electronics: computers, televisions, etc.
  • Batteries
  • Pesticides

Additionally, mercury, though rare, can also be found in some household items. Visit or for more information related to mercury safety. If you still have questions regarding the disposal of hazardous materials, please contact our Environmental Center for more information. Our Hazardous Waste Center will accept household hazardous wastes directly from your home. 

Household hazardous waste can also be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Center at St. Joseph County Waste Management, located at 828 Kerr St. in South Bend.

Get in Touch with Us

Mishawaka’s Organic Center is located at 1105 E. 5th St. Regular hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The center will open for the season on Saturday, April 8, 2023.