Indiana awards $500,000 to businesses for expanded recycling operations
Five Indiana companies have received grant funding totaling $500,000 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Recycling Market Development Program for equipment to expand recycling in their operations. The companies’ efforts are part of a combined $2 million commitment to operations that will benefit the environment and result in the creation of 37 full time and 50 part time new jobs.
“IDEM is pleased to aid Indiana businesses in their efforts to re-energize recycling,” said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. “The Recycling Market Development Program funding contributes significantly to greater efficiency in manufacturing, the reduction of wastes, the sustainability of Indiana businesses, and a thriving economy.”
Following is information about the recipients and their projects.
*Apex Group, Inc. in Howard County – $75,000 to develop a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) that will cover the counties of Carol, Cass, Howard, Grant, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash. The $157,000 project will allow the company to double its workforce to 26 employees. The approximate throughput will be 300 tons per month, diverting from the waste stream an estimated 3,600 tons annually of mixed materials, including plastic, glass, and aluminum.
*Denney Excavating, Inc. in Marion County – $100,000 to expand plant operations for processing construction and demolition (C&D) debris. A mobile crushing unit will be purchased and used on-site at demolition projects to generate backfill material from brick, concrete, and cinder blocks. Four new jobs will be created as a result of the $410,000 expansion. An estimated 200,000 tons of C&D waste will be diverted from landfills annually.
*Earth First, LLC in Allen County – $100,000 to expand operations at its Fort Wayne facility to include a C&D Recycle Center and Transfer Station. The $1.4 million investment also will allow the company to expand markets in Northeast Indiana by opening its services to the general public. Earth First will add 12 workers and expects to divert about 19,000 tons of material per year.
*Reflective Industries, LLC in Jay County – $200,000 to expand glass recycling operations at the Dunkirk facility. The company is investing $760,906 to purchase machinery that will allow the plant to extract glass from material recovery facilities and other recycling processors that otherwise would not be considered recyclable and then enter the waste stream. They expect to add eight employees after the expansion is complete. The project technology will yield furnace ready cullet, diverting annually an estimated 84,000 tons of glass, as well as 21,000 tons of paper, and 5,000 tons of plastic and steel combined.
*U.S. Greenworks, LLC in Lake County – $25,000 to reuse granite remnants from fabrication companies in Indiana. Products are manufactured into landscaping pavers, split stone veneer tile, mosaics, and jewelry. The company will work with a local special needs workforce to add 50 part time employees to its operations. This also will allow U.S. Greenworks to annually divert more than 250 tons of granite countertop from landfills.
About the RMDP Grants Program
RMDP grants aid private businesses in the purchase of equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into finished products or industrial feedstocks. Grants range from $25,000 up to $200,000 with a required 50 percent cash match. Funding for the program comes from the Recycling Promotion and Assistance Fund.
Established in 1986, IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov<http://www.idem.IN.gov>) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and the environment.