The Lakeland Disposal Landfill Site is located in Section 12, Township 31, Range 5 East, approximately 2.2 miles northwest of the town of Claypool, in Kosciusko County, Indiana. The Site contains 39 acres, bounded on the west by County Road 450 West, on the south by agricultural fields and Sloan Ditch to the cast and north.
Lakeland Disposal operated a 39 acre landfill at this site from 1974 to 1978. Prior to 1974, this site was used for agricultural purposes. The landfill was granted a solid waste management permit in 1975 to operate as a sanitary landfill. During its operation the landfill accepted general refuse and certain specific industrial wastes including: 1) various sludges containing mainly the hydroxides of aluminum, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, tin, selenium, and zinc; 2) cyanide, zinc, and chrome plating liquid; 3) paint sludge; 4) sugar contaminated with bromochloromethane; 5) oil and oily waste water; and 6) filter sand contaminated with hydroxides of lead, zinc, copper and chrome. Indiana State Board of Health records indicate that more than 18,000 drums (nearly a million gallons of wastes) were disposed of at this site. During the landfill's operation, numerous violations of permit regulations of improper disposal occurred resulting in runoff and contamination of the adjacent stream.