Recycling stakeholders across Indiana are invited to attend IDEM’s quarterly virtual recycling roundtable discussions. The discussions provide a chance for stakeholders to discuss issues, share resources, and find solutions to current challenges facing recyclers and Indiana's recycling industry. The purpose is to facilitate solutions to help Indiana meet its goal of a 50% recycling rate while helping to spur economic growth in recycling markets.
Recycling stakeholders across Indiana are invited to attend, including solid waste haulers, municipalities, recyclers, manufacturers, composters, educational institutions, non-profit advocacy groups, solid waste management districts, environmental contractors, industry groups, and others.
Upcoming Recycling Roundtable Discussions:
The next Recycling Roundtable Discussion will occur in September 2022 and will highlight recycling education and outreach.
Past Recycling Roundtable Discussions Recordings:
Funding for Recycling Programs
The June 22, 2022 discussion addressed funding for recycling programs. Transportation, contamination fees, and other processing hurdles are all causing recycling costs to rise. Speakers discussed upcoming grant opportunities on both the state and federal level as well as funding mechanisms to run a successful recycling program.
Successful Recycling Programs
The March 16, 2022 included a panel discussion of speakers discussed best practices that have helped their recycling programs succeed as well as the current challenges programs are facing and tactics to avoid disruptions in service. Continued discussion by a second panel revolved around current recycling trends and what recycling programs will look like in the future as we work towards a circular economy.
Public Private Partnerships
The December 8, 2021 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.