VALPARAISO — The city is one of 12 Indiana organizations awarded a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Recycling Market Development Program to expand recycling.
Valparaiso received $93,624 for its Go Green Campaign, a project aimed at increasing efficiencies, education and marketing of Valparaiso’s recycling program.
This includes purchasing new radio-frequency identification recycling containers for collection of recyclable materials and compost. Also, electronic equipment for the recycling trucks will be upgraded to improve the collection efficiency and monitoring of materials.
Results are estimated to be a 22 percent increase in recycling amounts, equaling 295 tons of solid waste diverted a month.
The Recycling Market Development Program was established in the early 1990s to better manage solid waste by developing markets for recycling. Municipalities, nonprofit organizations and public and private businesses located and doing business in Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Eligible candidates may seek a grant starting at $1,000 and up to $500,000, with a 50 percent required match.