In 1991 the state of Indiana created the Knox County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District to help with the state’s environmental goals. The District is dedicated to protecting the environment by providing recycling opportunities and safe disposal of household hazardous waste items for Knox County residents.


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Mike Mikiska

Mike is a life-long resident of Knox County and currently resides in Vincennes. He graduated from Rivet High School. Mike has spent the bulk of his career working in sales and operations management. He started working for the Knox County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District in August of 2016. Since then, he has completed OSHA, DOT, and HAZWOPER training

Michelle Smith

Michelle is a life-long resident of Knox County and currently resides in Vincennes. She graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Vincennes University.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Oakland City University and continued her education at WGU Indiana where earned a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She began working for Knox County SWMD in August 2012 as the Education Coordinator/Assistant Director.   Michelle has curriculum development and teaching experience in preschool, elementary, middle/high school, adult education and school enrichment.  Along with other Indiana SWMD Educators, Michelle contributed to the 2013 Indiana Environmental Education Guide for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts.  Michelle has completed DOT/Hazwoper/OSHA training while working at the district. She serves on the VUSI committee at Vincennes University to promote recycling efforts on the VU campus.  Michelle was appointed Interim Director in December 2015 and then appointed Executive Director in August 2016.

Executive Director

Michelle Smith

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Operations Manager

Mike Mikiska


Office Assistant: Lindsay Hawkins

Recycling Attendants:
Lewis DeKnikker

Jimmy King


Indiana’s solid waste management districts are governed by a board of directors made up elected officials that represent local governmental bodies.  All district board members serve by virtue of their locally elected office.

The Knox County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District’s Board of Directors is comprised of the three County Commissioners, one member of the Knox County Council and one representative from Vincennes City Council and the mayors of the two largest towns in Knox County, Vincennes and Bicknell.

The individuals currently serving on the District’s Board are:

President: Mayor Thomas Estabrook
Vice President: Mayor Joe Yochum

Commissioner TJ Brink
Commissioner Trent Hinkle
Commissioner Kellie Streeter

County Council Rep. Mary Crismore
City Council Rep.  Ed Gornall


To ensure Knox County residents have input into solid waste and recycling issues, the legislation that created Indiana’s solid waste management districts requires that each district maintain a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The CAC must include representatives of the solid waste management industry, the environmental community and other concerned citizens knowledgeable about and interested in environmental issues and not employed by the solid waste management industry.

Susan Grow

Pam Singleton

Jennifer Holscher

Stacey Johnson

Terry & Breeze Johnson

Kenneth Roberts

Suzan Morgan

Larry & Linda Sutterer

Karen Bible

Our Impact:

Through waste reduction practices and proper disposal of household hazardous waste, we can extend the life of our landfills and promote a healthy environment. We ensure proper disposal of HHW and offer recycling opportunities to lessen our impact on the environment.

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