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May 27, 2010
Recycling and its Economic Impact on Indiana
InFocus on the Environment: Recycling in Indiana
A panel of experts discusses recycling programs across the state of Indiana, and how they have been affected by grants and infrastructure changes.Watch Video »View Article
Though the recycling industry in Indiana generates 285 million dollars annually, recycling programs across the state are facing budget shortages. Recycling rates may be low in some counties, but others such as Greene County are struggling to keep up with demand. Being in a rural area, it’s more difficult and expensive to run its recycling program. Eric Wilson, one of the five staff members at the facility, explains their program would benefit from improvements at the state level, but the recent economic crisis has prevented them from receiving the grants they had in the past.
The state’s monetary contribution to recycling programs is modest, according to Carey Hamilton, executive director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition. Much of those funds have been frozen thanks to the economic downturn, but some portions are gradually being released again.
Monroe County’s recycling infrastructure has been continually enhanced, praises Larry Barker, the county’s Solid Waste Management director. Paul Reed, manager of the Indiana State University Recycling Center, has seen an increase in community interest and participation in recycling programs in Terre Haute.
As a manufacturing state, Indiana stands to benefit greatly from recycling, says Hamilton. She explains that aluminum, glass, steel, and plastic recyclables return to the state’s manufacturing sector, saving money and reducing our carbon footprint, among other benefits.
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InFocus on the Environment: Rural and Electronics Recycling
A panel of experts discusses the challenges inherent in rural recycling and the changes made to improve electronics recycling in Indiana.Watch Video »View Article
In rural areas such as Greene County, recycling poses a number of challenges. One of most significant is the distance from owners’ homes to the recycling centers. John Danner of Greene County Solid Waste Management discusses some of their solutions, and goes on to explain that their biggest challenge right now is simply keeping up with all the demand for recycling. Danner and his four staff members have quite a bit of daily work. Larry Barker presents another solution to rural recycling problems in the forms of Materials Recovery Facilities and rebates.
Carey Hamilton explains the Electronics Recycling Bill passed in 2009, which required manufacturers to pay for part of the recycling in Indiana. The law is one of the most progressive electronics recycling laws in the nation, and has contributed not only to the environment but also green job growth here in the state.
Indiana State University began electronics recycling in 2007 with biannual drop-off events, says Paul Reed. They were so successful that the drop-offs have now become daily. And in Monroe County, Larry Barker explains that electronics recycling has become cheaper for residents.
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InFocus on the Environment: Waste Reduction
A panel of experts discusses waste reduction in Indiana and how citizens can contribute.Watch Video »View Article
There are small and simple things that small towns can do to improve the efficiency of the recycling programs in Indiana, John Danner observes, but overall they’ve been very cooperative.
Carey Hamilton explains that recycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and is vitally important as Indiana’s landfills are rapidly reaching their limit, according to Larry Barker. Reducing waste is the goal of all the Solid Waste Management Districts in the state. Recycling is the right thing to do, says Paul Reed, and also much simpler than the average citizen may think. Carey Hamilton and Larry Barker name a number of resources citizens can turn to if they need help getting started.
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