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IDEM COVID-19 Actions

Effective June 1, 2021, masks are no longer required in state facilities except for anyone inside any of these state government congregate facilities – state prisons, state hospitals, Indiana Veterans Home, and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Visitors and staff should follow the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people regarding mask wearing and other protective measures.

Central Indiana Waste Diversion Pilot Project

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced the availability of $4 million in funding to implement the Central Indiana Waste Diversion Pilot Project. This funding is available for waste diversion and recycling projects. To be eligible, projects must be located in Marion County.

Pilot project funding is available through IDEM’s Recycling Market Development Program. Projects must demonstrate waste diversion from landfills and establish a dedicated Indiana-based market for commercial use of the material. Proposals are accepted through October 1, 2022.

The Central Indiana Waste Diversion Pilot Project page offers detailed information, application guidelines, and provides the link to the application form.

IDEM Fee Updates

Public Law 250-2019 was passed by the 2019 Indiana General Assembly to amend the process in IC 13-16 concerning the adoption of environmental fees by the Environmental Rules Board (board) for both the water and waste programs. The amendments provide a process by which the board may direct IDEM to initiate a rulemaking to address fees based on information collected by IDEM and presented to the board for its review and consideration. Public Law 250-2019 also establishes that the board may not change fees more than one time in five years, and the fee increases may not amount to more than 10%.

IDEM Hosting an Electronics Recycling Event at the Indiana Government Center

To help keep electronics out of landfills, IDEM is partnering with Technology Recyclers to host an E-Waste collection events at the Indiana Government Center. The collection event will be open to the public, and all state employees, and will be held at Robert Orr Plaza. Drive or walk your unwanted electronic items to Robert Orr Plaza where staff from Technology Recyclers will collect these items. For a contactless delivery, please stay in your vehicle and staff will unload your unwanted electronics.

Electronics Recycling Event [PDF]

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
  • Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Robert Orr Plaza (West Street Entrance to the IGC)
  • Fee: There is a $20 fee all TVs and CRT monitors of any size. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card. (Note: $10 Fee for Indiana State Employees. You must show your employee ID to receive this discount)

For additional questions, please contact Indiana E-Cycle.

The Recycling Market Development Grant Funding Announced

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Program Support on behalf of the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB) is now accepting 2022 recycling grant funding proposals. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

Public/private businesses, local government, and non-profit organizations may seek a grant starting at $50,000 and up to $500,000 with a 50 percent (50%) cash match. Projects should focus on increasing collection or consumption, as well as economic development, education, and outreach efforts related to recycling.

The Recycling Market Development Program page offers detailed proposal requirements and can assist with questions about the proposal process.

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