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Recycling Market Development Program

Recycling Market Development Grants

The Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) will be accepting new grant proposals in the spring of 2020.

Projects should focus on reuse, reduction, and recycling methods that result in one or more of the following:

  • An increase in recyclable material collection or consumption,
  • A reduction in municipal solid waste shipped for final disposal,
  • Improved partnerships with communities, including not only economic impacts, but increased public awareness of recycling opportunities through tangible outreach and education efforts.

Public/private businesses, local government and not-profit organizations located and doing business in Indiana may seek grant funding.

The documents provided below were for the 2019 grant round, and may change for 2020. However, they will provide you with additional information and general guidance:

Grant Funding Questions

IDEM has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) [PDF] and inquiries submitted to date. FAQs will be regularly updated for your convenience.

Request for Proposals: Recycling Infrastructure & Economics Study (RIES)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Program Support on behalf of the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB) is requesting proposals to conduct a state-wide municipal solid waste (MSW) and recycling infrastructure and economic impact study in the State of Indiana. Funding for one project will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Proposals for the RIES grant have been received and the board will award funding at the March 12, 2020 board meeting.

RMDP Background

The Recycling Market Development Program was established in the early 1990s to better manage solid waste by developing markets for recycling. The Program is supported by the Recycling Promotion and Assistance Fund (RPAF) established under IC 4-23-5.5-14. Funding is fifty percent of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Fee (IC 13-20-22-1).

Recycling Market Development Board

The RMDP is administered by IDEM and operates under the Recycling Market Development Board as established by IC 4-23-5.5. The Board may promote, fund, and encourage programs facilitating the development and implementation of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling in Indiana. They determine all final funding for eligible projects.

Indiana Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Study

The Indiana Recycling Market Development Board commissioned a municipal solid waste characterization study to determine the types of recyclable materials still going into Indiana landfills. The study completed by Purdue University—Calumet allowed college students to discover first-hand the challenges in measuring Indiana’s waste stream.

Recycling Annual Report

Each November, the Indiana Recycling Market Development Program issues an annual report on program funding and awards. An archive of these reports is available for inspection:

For More Information...

For more information on the Recycling Market Development Program, contact the IDEM Office of Program Support.

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