The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has awarded grant money totaling $1 million to eight groups or companies seeking to increase recycling efforts in the state.
The recipients are:
- city of Shelbyville, $118,250 to initiate its first curbside recycling program and will include collecting commingled recyclables at about 5,500 homes in the city;
- East-Terra Plastics LLC, $250,000 to initiate a statewide agricultural plastics collection, processing and marketing project, developing an “agricultural plastic” wash/grind processing line and an IBC tote and drum wash line and holding statewide collection events;
- Indiana Recycling Coalition and Strategic Materials, $22,585 to be used for equipment, management services and outreach materials toward initiating a proposed metro area glass recycling project to collect more high-quality, uncontaminated glass from bars and restaurants within four strategic and popular business districts in the region;
- Lake County Solid Waste Management District, $179,150 to purchase equipment to start Indiana’s first publicly operated preconsumer food waste composting program, which proposes to compost about 60 tons of preconsumer food waste and 18,000 tons of leaves per year, generating about $120,000 in revenue per year;
- Monroeville Box, Pallet & Wood Products LLC, $85,547 to purchase equipment, which will allow the entire recycling process, from waste acquisition to a salable product, to be conducted in a single recycling stream that requires no further processing;
- Plastic Recycling 2, $250,000 toward the purchase of an extruder and screen changer, which will allow the company to start recycling foam and rigid plastic food containers;
- Rumpke, $87,425 to develop a recycling collection point at its Medora landfill that will include the construction of a 5,540-square-foot pad with an enclosure to protect a horizontal baler as well as loose, single-stream recycling services for residential and commercial entities in adjacent counties (Rumpke will provide a compactor unit with a receiver box and a horizontal baler with infeed conveyor to support this project.); and
- Secure Core Solutions, $7,043 to purchase a baler for use at the electronics recycler's operations.
The grant recipients are required to provide at least a 50 percent match. Grant money ranges from $1,000 up to $500,000.