Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find a list of what's recyclable?

The Town of Plainfield contracts with Ray's Trash for recycling services. You may find a listing of what is collectable by following this link to the website for Ray's:

Where can I find leaf pickup information?

Again in 2015 the Department of Public Works will use a 5-day-a-week leaf pickup schedule.

Here are the routes: Route 1: Monday: North of Main Street (US 40) West of Avon Avenue, inside Plainfield corporate limits; Route 2: Tuesday: North of Main Street (US 40), East of Avon Avenue, inside Plainfield corporate limits. Route 3: Wednesday: South of Main Street (US 40), East of S. Mill Street, North of Stafford Road, inside Plainfield corporate limits. Route 4: Thursday: East of S. Center Street, North of Reeves Road, South of Stafford, inside Plainfield corporate limits. Route 5: Friday: South of Main Street (US 40), West of White Lick Creek, plus everything South of Reeves Road, inside Plainfield corporate limits.

Below we have attached a poster with additional details. We have also attached a rough sketch to help illustrate the new routes (even though the rough sketch is from 2014, please consider it valid for the start of the 2015 leaf pickup season).

2015 Leaf Pickup Schedule

Rough Sketch of New Routes

Questions? Please contact DPW at 839-3490.

Where can I find the current snow routes?

Snow routes can be found here.

If my mailbox is damaged by a snow plow, what can I do?

The Town has a policy for replacing mailboxes that are damaged during snow removal. To read the policy, click here.

To print out a form to report damage and file a claim, click here.

Where is the Plainfield yard waste site and when is it open?

The yard waste site, which is operated by the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District, is located at 7020 South CR 875 East. It is open April through November, Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

What is stormwater?

 Stormwater is the surface runoff of rain and snowmelt. In undeveloped areas such as grasslands and forests, the surface flow of water is slowed by vegetation and much of the water seeps into the ground. With urban growth and development, open land is replaced by hard surface areas, such as buildings, streets and parking lots, which are unable to absorb stormwater. Because development results in increased amounts of stormwater runoff, a stormwater drainage system is necessary to channel the runoff out of urban areas and reduce the occurrence of flooding.

What are the stormwater drainage issues in Plainfield?

Many parts of the Town lack adequate storm sewers and drainage, leading to standing water in yards and flooded streets and basements. Standing water can increase inflow and infiltration of clear water into the sanitary sewers and combined sewers, contributing to overflows and backups. Standing water also can prevent septic system drainage fields from working properly. In the winter, poor drainage can lead to dangerous black ice on roadways. The Department of Public Works has responded to numerous drainage complaints in recent years. Such responses have been constrained by insufficient funds.

What stormwater drainage improvements is the Town making?

Recently the Town identified 5 key projects based upon recommendations from the Department of Public Works and the Town Engineer. The intent is to make additional improvements following the completion of the 5 key projects as funds become available. The projects are intended to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Alleviate neighborhood and street flooding to resolve numerous drainage problems.
  2. Assist neighborhoods undergoing septic conversions with drainage improvements.
  3. Reduce the frequency and duration of combined sewage overflows by improving neighborhood drainage, and thereby reducing stormwater inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system.
    1. Meet the regulatory requirements of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit as regulated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
What are the regulatory requirements of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit?

The Federal government has mandated that Plainfield separate its storm and sanitary sewer systems, but has not provided any funding for such mandate. The Federal government has also required the Town to implement a stormwater management program under its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Plainfield must come up with the money to pay for these programs.

What is the benefit of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System?

 The Town's newly created stormwater department will result in improved operations and maintenance such as increased street sweeping, catch basin cleaning, and implementation of best management practices that will improve the water quality in the creeks and streams within the Town. Such improved water quality will result in an increase in the quality of life for the residents of the Town.

Where can I get more information about the Town's plans?

For more information about improvements to the Town's drainage and clean waterway projects, please visit To report street drainage or flooding concerns, call the Department of Public Works at 317-839- 3490.

What can the Town do about standing water in my yard?

If stormwater is standing in a residential yard for longer than several days following wet weather, it probably is not considered flooding. Please feel free to discuss your problem with the Department of Public Works to determine if a public improvement would alleviate your problem.

How much will the stormwater improvements cost?

The Town has identified more than $20 million of capital improvement needs. Of these projects, 5 have been selected as high priorities at a cost of slightly more than $6 million.

How will the Town fund stormwater improvements?

 The Town is implementing a stormwater utility fee structure to generate sufficient revenue to fund high priority projects and improve stormwater operations of the Department of Public Works in accordance with State and Federal regulations.

Will there be future stormwater rate increases?

That can not be determined at this time. Any future rate increase will require the approval of the Town Council.

What is the benefit for those not located near the high priority projects?

Those not living near the high priority projects will see cleaner streams in the parks throughout Town as water discharged into White Lick Creek, which is along the extensive trail system, will be cleaner.

Why are residents and businesses outside of the Town with connections to the Town's sewer system assessed the same stormwater rates and charges as those residents and businesses within the Town?

Stormwater department improvement projects will benefit all sanitary sewer customers because such projects will reduce the amount of clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. The Town is required by State law to collect fees for such improvements from all customers of the Town's sewer system.

Where do I apply for residential water and sewer connections?

Plainfield Town Garage, 986 South Center Street

Do I need a permit to cut the street for water or sewer repair?

Yes, these can be obtained at the Town Garage, 986 South Center Street.

Where does our water come from?

Plainfield maintains six ground wells.

How do we get our water pressure?

A combination of pumps and elevated water towers.

How many road miles does the town maintain?

The town of Plainfield maintains 126 center line miles.