IDEM releases Recycling Infrastructure and Economic Impact Study

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) today announced the release of the Indiana Recycling Infrastructure and Economic Impact Study (Study) commissioned by the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB). The Study highlights the broad infrastructure and significant economic impact of recycling throughout the Hoosier state.

Conducted by GT Environmental, the Study provides a comprehensive review and analysis for RMDB members, the recycling industry, recycling manufacturers, decision-makers, and other stakeholders necessary to help drive waste diversion efforts through economic development, program development, and legislation to continue building a sustainable solid waste system.

“This Study reinforces the fact that the recycling industry continues to power America’s manufacturing base by creating jobs, generating tax revenue, and providing valuable feedstock for new products,” said Bruce Burrow, RMDB Chairman.

For additional information, including a link to the full study, visit

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.

About IDEM
IDEM ( 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 our environment.