The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, is accepting proposals for a study to help its recycling board better understand how local recycling influences the state economy.
The organization to lead the study will be selected and funded by IDEM's Recycling Market Development Board, or RMDB. The board oversees efforts throughout the state to promote recycling and to measure its benefits to local communities.
Program Manager Deanna Garner said the board wants more details about how recent sanctions on international recycling by China impact Indiana. Some states send recycling to China, but Garner said Indiana has many local recycling programs thanks to its manufacturing industry.
Only one study proposal will be selected. It will determine where and how the board might invest its grants in the coming years, according to Garner.
"Indiana we feel has a very optimistic outlook," Garner said. "We have a strong base of manufacturing here, and we have lots of actual infrastructure in place and manufacturing for recyclable materials."
Proposals are due in January 2020. The board will make its selection in March.
For more information, applicants should visit the IDEM website.