Eight Indiana-based recyclers just got a $1 million to help them better do their jobs. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’sRecycling Market Development Program is giving the money to them in an effort to benefit local environments and to create jobs, reports the Kokomo Herald.
Among the recipients are East-Terra Plastics, which will receive $250,000 to initiate a statewide agricultural plastics collections and processing, says the paper. That includes pesticides and herbicide containers, film and large plastic drums.
Monroeville Box, Pallet & Wood Products is another to receive monies. It will get close to $86,000 to allow it to come a zero-waste company, meaning it has the ultimate goal of recycling all materials and no landfill waste. The new equipment will allow the entire recycling process, says the paper — from waste acquisition to a final product that it can market. The paper says that more than 2,000 tons of recycled material material will be used in manufacturing instead of going to the landfill.
Also, Plastic Recycling 2 will get $250,000 to purchase an extruder and screen changer, says the paper. That will permit the company to recycle foam and rigid plastic food containers, enabling them to avoid the landfill.
This recycling program started two decades ago and while the grants can be as much as $500,000, they do require a 50% match from companies.