The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is granting $328,754 to help 14 Indiana communities keep plastic, paper, aluminum and other recyclables out of landfills. Anderson University received $25,000 to convert itself into a more recycling-friendly campus, with plans to use the funds to purchase recycling trailers, bins and totes, and a campaign to inform students and faculty about the new recycling opportunities on campus.
“IDEM awards the grants for recycling projects aimed at reducing the amount of recyclables that Hoosiers put in the trash but the benefits go well beyond trash reduction because recycling also saves money, conserves energy, preserves natural resources, and reduces emissions,” said IDEM commissioner Thomas Easterly. “Recycling turns waste materials into a commodity, which manufacturing companies are willing to pay for and which helps their bottom line.”
Anderson students, faculty and staff aim to keep an estimated 384 tons of recyclables out of landfills as a direct result of the IDEM grant.
“Our students are very committed to stewardship of the environment,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “We are deeply grateful to have been given this grant so we can actively do our part to limit the impact of waste in landfills.”
The grant money comes from the Indiana Solid Waste Management 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. IDEM awards recycling grants twice each year. Information about the recycling grant program can be found at http://ww.in.gov/recycle/3033.htm.
IDEM implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids business and citizens in protecting and improving Indiana’s environment.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.