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Recycling Market Development Program

Recycling Market Development Grants

The Recycling Market Development Program 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 a grant starting at $1,000 and up to $250,000, with a 50 percent cash match.

The documents provided below will provide you with additional information and forms for your submittal:

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.

Program Background

The Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) 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.

Recycling Market Development Grants

IDEM anticipates available funding for the current year. 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.

Eligible candidates may seek a grant starting at $1,000 and up to $250,000, with a 50 percent required match.

Look for the next grant round announcement and request for proposals in early May.

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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