$500,000 available for community recycling projects

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced Thursday the availability of grants for recycling and the collection and disposal of household hazardous waste through the agency’s Community Recycling Grant Program.

The grants will fund projects that improve recycling efforts throughout Indiana, said IDEM Commissioner Brian Rockensuess.

Counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to submit a grant application requesting funding from $1,000 to $100,000.

Applications will be accepted until October 6. To apply, visit in.gov/idem/recycle/resources/indiana-community-recycling-grant-program.

The program is funded by IDEM’s Solid Waste Management Fund. Eligible projects must focus on education and promotion of recycling, processing of recyclable materials, waste reduction, or management of household hazardous waste and organic materials, including yard waste management and composting.

The funding aims to create successful, profitable and sustainable programs. Applicants must demonstrate a direct or indirect increase in waste diversion as a result of the project.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

For more information, call 800-988-7901 or email [email protected]