Indianapolis-based RecycleForce was awarded a $200,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to provide training for jobs involved in cleaning up polluted properties.
The grant was awarded through the EPA’s Brownfields Job Training Program, which provides grants to train workers in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management.
RecycleForce, also known as Workforce, Inc., recycles electronic waste. The company employs and trains unemployed people experiencing homelessness and people with recent criminal justice involvement
According to the EPA, the grant will help give 38 people over 300 hours of instruction that will help them receive certifications in lead and asbestos abatement, hazardous waste operations and emergency response, mold remediation, environmental sampling and analysis and other environmental health and safety topics.
“Organizations like RecycleForce provide an opportunity for the community, for the environment, and the economy,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, a former Indiana University professor. “EPA’s job training grants help these organizations to improve people’s lives and their communities. These are exactly the kinds of benefits that President Biden’s efforts to build a better America will provide to communities across the country, including right here in Indianapolis.”
Recycle Force is one of 19 organizations in the US to receive a part of $3.8 million in funding.