Grants Available for Recycling Projects

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has announced the availability of grant funding for recycling projects. Public and private businesses, local government and nonprofit organizations located and doing business in Indiana are eligible to submit proposals for recycling grants ranging from $1,000 up to $250,000. Proposals will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2019.

Grants are funded through IDEM’s Recycling Market Development Program. Eligible projects focus on reuse, reduction, and recycling methods of municipal solid waste. A 50 percent match is required.

“IDEM is pleased to aid both Indiana’s economic development and the environment through recycling efforts,” said IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott. “The Recycling Market Development Program funding can add greater efficiency in manufacturing, increase education and outreach efforts to reduce waste, and contribute to environmental sustainability.”

Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of the changing economy for recyclers and look at where monies can be used most effectively by businesses and communities to increase statewide recycling goals.
IDEM says sustainability of the project is key; proposals must show a need, an increase in recyclable material collection and/or consumption, a reduction in municipal solid waste shipped for final disposal, and/or improved partnerships with communities through increased public awareness of recycling opportunities.

The Recycling Market Development Board will make final funding determinations by the end of 2019.
For additional information about the Recycling Market Development Program, and how to apply, call (800) 988-7901 or visit IDEM’s website at
About the Recycling Market Development Program
The Recycling Market Development Program operates under the Recycling Market Development Board as established by IC 4-23-5.5. The grant money for the program comes from the Recycling Promotion and Assistance Fund, an account generated by a per-ton fee on solid waste disposed at Indiana landfills. The fund supports source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting to prevent solid waste from permanent disposal.