Grants up to $500,000 available to boost Indiana’s Recycling Economy

INDIANA –  Indiana businesses, local governments, solid waste management districts, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to fund recycling projects through the Indiana Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP).

Projects should demonstrate sustainability, an understanding of the changing economy for recyclers, and how grant money can boost recycling in Indiana through expanded markets, manufacturing capacity, and job creation.

Proposals will be accepted through June 13, 2024. Eligible proposals must show economic impact, increased public awareness through tangible outreach and education efforts, and result in at least one of the following:

  • an increase in the amount of recyclable material collected or used;
  • a reduction in municipal solid waste shipped for final disposal;
  • improved partnerships with communities.

RMDP grants are administered through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Final funding determinations will be made this fall.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and project guidelines, or to apply, visit Additional help is available by calling 800-988-7901 or emailing

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.