A state program to promote and encourage recycling has awarded $1 million in grants.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Recycling Market Development Program awarded eight recycling organizations from throughout the state of Indiana to receive the grants to expand recycling efforts in their areas.
-Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District – Awarded $15,212.50 to purchase carboard collection drop boxes that will increase corrugated carboard recycling by 48 tons per year.
-Elliot Company of Indianapolis Inc.-- Awarded $18,184.44 to conduct research to find secondary uses for a type of polyisocyanurate foam produced by the company, known as ELFOAM. The research could divert 500 tons of scrap waste from landfills.
-Recycling Works Inc. – Awarded $478,599.06 to upgrade their material recovery facility to increase processing capacity. The project is expected to divert 435 tons of waste from landfills.
-reTHink Inc. – Awarded $10,454 to purchase an injection mold, extruder and sheet press to up-cycle plastic materials. The project is expected to divert up to 26,000 pounds of plastic from landfills.
-Richmond Sanitary District – Awarded, $220,000 to purchase a recycling truck and more curbside recycling containers.
-Rush County Solid Waste Management District – Awarded $10,050 to purchase a cardboard compactor.
-Technology Recyclers – Awarded $97,500 to launch a marketing and education campaign to encourage hazardous electronic waste recycling.
-Tri-State Resource Recovery Center – Awarded $150,000 to purchase a robotic polypropylene processing system at their material recovery facility.