The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) today announced the recipients of the agency’s Community Recycling Grant Program. IDEM awarded $541,245.00 to 15 applicants.

“Community recycling grants provide direct investments that make recycling more accessible to Hoosiers. Historically, these grants have provided new equipment for recycling operators and improved local collection programs,” said IDEM Commissioner Brian Rockensuess. “These grants will make a significant impact on community recycling efforts across Indiana.”

The grants are available to counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations located in Indiana. Here is the list of recipients and the amounts they were awarded:

  • Brown County Solid Waste Management District $8,363
  • City of Nappanee $100,000
  • Clark County Solid Waste $12,173
  • Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District $68,667
  • Floyd County Solid Waste Management District $25,125
  • GardenQuest INC. $1,994
  • Henry County Solid Waste Management District $8,363
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority $100,000
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Inc. $34,793
  • Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District $3,000
  • Marshall County Solid Waste $18,844
  • Purdue University Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability $10,108
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County $100,000
  • Shelby County Recycling District $22,954
  • Sullivan County Recycling Center $26,861

This grant funding is intended to create successful, cost-effective programs. Applicants must demonstrate a positive environmental impact within the project service area, an increase in waste diversion as a result of the project and show the sustainability of the project. For additional information, please contact 800-988-7901 or

Grants are funded through IDEM’s Solid Waste Management Fund. Funds come from the solid waste management fee (IC 13-20-22-1). The fee consists of $0.50 per ton charge on solid waste for final disposal at Indiana municipal solid waste landfills and incinerators. None of the funding comes from tax dollars.