INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has awarded $465,068 to 18 recipients of the agency’s Community Recycling Grant Program.
Locally, the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District received $24,247, while the Dearborn Solid Waste Management District was awarded $17,139.
“The Community Recycling Grant Program helps to fund recycling and waste-reduction projects at the local level,” said IDEM Commissioner Brian Rockensuess. “These projects will result in environmental improvements for Hoosiers who live and work in communities across Indiana.”
Community Recycling Grants are available to counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations located in Indiana. The grants provide funding for projects that increase education and promotion of recycling, waste reduction, organics management (including yard waste management and composting), and household hazardous waste collection and disposal.
Grant funding is intended to create successful, cost-effective programs. Applicants must demonstrate a positive environmental impact within the project service area, an increase in waste diversion as a result 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 (IC 13-20-22-1).
The fee consists of a $0.50 per ton charge on solid waste for final disposal at Indiana municipal solid waste landfills and incinerators.
IDEM says none of the funding for the grants comes from tax dollars.