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Recycle Indiana

Welcome to Recycle Indiana! The recycling section of IDEM aims to reduce municipal solid waste and help Indiana reach and sustain a recycling rate of 50 percent. The recycling section staff work with partners across the state to promote recycling and provide technical assistance to individuals, businesses, solid waste management districts, schools, municipalities, and other organizations to find appropriate disposal methods for recyclable materials.

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Recycling Roundtable Discussion

The first in a series of virtual recycling roundtable discussions took place Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The discussion addressed the importance of developing public-private partnerships to leverage different stakeholders’ areas of expertise and resources. It included presentations that highlighted successful partnerships that reduce waste and increase diversion and recovery of material for recycling. The recording is now available to interested stakeholders that were not available to attend.

Indiana Recycling Infrastructure and Economic Impact Study

IDEM’s Office of Program Support (OPS) has released the Indiana Recycling Infrastructure and Economic Impact Study . The Study was commissioned by the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB) and prepared by GT Environmental. It provides a comprehensive review and analysis of Indiana’s recycling infrastructure and the significant economic impact of recycling the state. The Study also includes specific recommendations to improve statewide recycling to maximize its impact in the circular economy.

The Study demonstrates that Indiana’s waste and recycling infrastructure for municipal solid waste collected approximately 8.8 million tons in 2019, of which 19% was diverted from landfills through recycling and composting. The Study details that although only 19% of MSW currently generated (the state has a goal of 50%), the impact in total jobs in the recycling industry, the economic impact, and the tax impacts are significant.

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