We are in full-on conference planning mode, and we hope to see you at the big event, June 8-10! Please consider registering today for all or part(s) of the conference.  From our informative and fun tour in Broad Ripple, to our opening night reception featuring local artists, to great speakers, awesome exhibitors, an e-waste workshop and the best recycling networking in Indiana, we've got you covered!


We are particularly excited to welcome the Recycling Partnership - a new, privately-funded national program to support community collection infrastructure with grants and a wide range of other resources!  We are also hosting a panel discussion on the controversial dirty MRF plan for Indianapolis.  Recycling industry stakeholders from across the country are very concerned about this plan, and conference attendees will have access to the very latest on this hot topic.


In addition to planning the conference, we've been busy helping the 500 Fest deliver top-notch public space recycling for the Mini Marathon and Kids' Day events (stay tuned for data from those events!), launching our new scholarship programs (details below), attending the Plastics Recycling Conference and Paper Spec Summit in Dallas, as well as the National Recycling Coalition's Sustainable Materials Management Summit in Maryland, and much more.


As you read through our newsletter, please let us know if there is anything else you would like to receive in this bi-monthly e-publication.  We are always striving to deliver the most relevant content for you in order to help you do the important work of waste reduction and recycling within your communities, businesses and organizations.


Sustainably yours,  




Carey Hamilton

Executive Director 

Hello! I am thrilled to be working with the IRC. I am a student at IUPUI studying Civic Leadership and  Non-profit Management. It is great to have an opportunity with a non-profit where I can develop a broad range of skills that are relevant to my career path while supporting a very important mission. I am dedicated to a reuse and recycle lifestyle and am ever interested in growing sustainability efforts. My past experiences in sustainability include on-campus involvement with the IUPUI Sustainability Council and Campus Kitchen, recycled material fashion design, and conservation work in the state and national parks of the Southeast. I look forward to applying my energy here in Indiana to help Hoosiers understand and advance sustainability efforts for
our state!

The 2015 Conference will keep you up-to-date on the issues, trends and what's new in the industry.  It's your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, colleagues, vendors and industry leaders all in one location. 

CLICK HERE to register
CLICK HERE  to view our current list of exhibitors
CLICK HERE to view more information on our website
  The IRC is looking for Indiana high school students (grades   10 through 12) to produce   30-45 second videos to help
  educate Hoosiers on the environmental impacts of
  recycling.  This year's theme focuses on the value of
  recycled goods and what they can become if they are
  recycled rather than thrown in the trash.  Participating
  students will have the opportunity to receive cash
  scholarships for their work.

  1st Place - $600
  2nd Place - $400
  3rd Place - $200

CLICK HERE  to visit the competition page on our website.

The IRC is seeking Indiana high school sophomores to apply for the  Student Recycling Leadership Corps program, powered by  Recycle Rally.

The Student Recycling Leadership Corps is an opportunity for Indiana high school students to grow the impact of K-12 recycling programs and away-from-home recycling by facilitating the  Recycle Rally  program in their schools and implementing public space recycling projects in their communities.

Students accepted into the Leadership Corps are required to complete a two-year commitment during their Junior and Senior years of high school. Students will gain leadership skills, work experience and a $500 scholarship upon completion of the program. The goal of the Leadership Corps is to engage Student Leaders across Indiana in recycling initiatives in their communities, building the next generation of recycling champions. Through Student Leader reporting, the IRC will tally the amount of material recycled by weight and/or volume from each student project.

CLICK HERE  to view the program page on our website.  






Have you registered for the upcoming deconstruction training yet? Don't miss out! Participants in this all-day training will walk away with 7.5 Credits through the GBCI (Green Business Certification Institute). CLICK HERE to register. 



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Can That Be Composted? Should It Be? Is your food waste collection program keeping up with markets and national trends?  What should your program start or stop collecting? What is in the future for food waste diversion, collection and composting?  


Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015 

Time: 1:00-2:30pm ET  

Cost: FREE






Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using worms and has been found to be an excellent, nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This webinar will discuss which how vermicompost is made and utilized.


Date: Tuesday June 16, 2015

Time: 1:30 - 2:45PM EDT

Cost: FREE




Carpet Recycling
This webinar will discuss market-based solutions to increase landfill
diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, as well as advancements regarding designing carpeting for recyclability. 


Date: Tuesday July 28, 2015

Time: 1:30 - 2:45PM EDT

Cost: FREE






The mission of the Indiana Recycling Coalition is to 

support source reduction, reuse, composting, and

recycling activities in Indiana. The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports policies and programs that advance sustainable materials management. The goal of this support is to conserve our natural resources, reduce energy use, encourage environmental responsibility and create green jobs through recycling.