A state program to promote and encourage recycling has awarded $513,593 in grants.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Community Recycling Grant Program recently awarded 16 recipients the grants to fund recycling and waste-reduction projects.
These grants are available to counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools and nonprofit organizations in Indiana.
“The grants are a great way for IDEM to promote recycling and facilitate recycling education in communities statewide,” IDEM Commissioner Brian Rockensuess said in a media release.
The recipients are:
• Brown County Solid Waste Management District, $28,710
• Carmel Clay Schools, $15,000
• City of Elwood, $13,620
• City of Portage, $72,130
• City of Valparaiso, $11,775
• Crawford County Solid Waste Management District, $4,946
• Dubois County Solid Waste Management District, $2,017
• Gibson County Solid Waste Management District, $1,000
• Hancock County Solid Waste Management District, $15,300
• Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, $96,600
• Jay County Solid Waste Management District, $48,528
• Lawrenceburg High School, $12,779
• Shelby County Recycling District, $35,531
• Teachers’ Treasures, $93,137
• Wabash College, $34,920
• Warren County Recycling Center, $27,600
Applicants must show a positive environmental impact within the project service area, an increase in waste diversion because of the project and show the sustainability of the project.
Grants are funded through IDEM’s Solid Waste Management Fund. Funds come from the solid waste management fee. The fee consists of a $0.50 per ton charge on solid waste for final disposal at Indiana municipal solid waste landfills and incinerators. None of the funding comes from tax dollars.
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