Indiana recyclers grab $525,000 in funding

Indiana recyclers grab $525,000 in funding

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Dec. 12, 2013

Six Indiana recycling companies have received grant funding totaling more than half a million dollars to put toward equipment upgrades and improvements.

Indiana's Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) awarded the firms individual grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000. RMDP is administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). A total of $525,000 was awarded to help the six companies improve or expand existing operations.

Ace Recycling, Better World Books, Green Plus Plastics, Legal Chop Shop, Midwest Veal and Plastic Recycling were the six recipients of the funding. All firms expect to hire new employees as a result of the support.

"IDEM is pleased to aid Indiana businesses in their recycling efforts," IDEM commissioner Thomas Easterly said in a press release. "The Recycling Market Development Program funding improves efficiency in manufacturing, reduces wastes, and contributes to the sustainability of Indiana businesses."

The announcement follows a recent study by the Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC), which outlined the economic potential of the state's recycling sector, noting Indiana recycling could create more than 10,000 jobs – especially if supported by the state government. While IRC executive director Carey Hamilton said that this new round of funding will certainly help Indiana recyclers, she said just $600,000 of 2013's $1.1 million Solid Waste Management fund has been allotted thus far, with less than three weeks left in the year. Hamilton added that "fully funding the existing fund" while increasing it each year continue to be chief concerns of IRC.

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