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The end of summer brings much to celebrate, look forward to at the IRC

Dear Friends,

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.... 

From these few photos I hope you will get a sense of the scale and impact of our summer 2013 recycling initiatives!
Photo: Zero waste efforts are underway at Dig-IN! Did you know that everything on site today can be composted or recycled?
Dig IN - a Taste of Indiana Food Fest -
Zero Waste System provided by IRC
Photo: Bins bins bins.
IRC K-12 Recycling Bin Grant Program -
Bins (provided by Eli Lilly) ready for delivery to South Bend K-12 schools

Photo: Our Volunteers from Cummins are rockin' it at the Expo Hall recycling booth.  Stop by and say Hi!
Volunteers from Cummins educate fair-goers about the importance of recycling
Photo: Our volunteers are catching fair goers in the act of recycling. Will you be next?
State Fair - New Recycling bins and public eduction provided by IRC, KAB and the Alcoa Foundation

In addition to expanding our recycling programs and outreach efforts, we have been gearing up for the 2014 legislative session, working to increase participation in Recycle-Bowl (a national K-12 recycling competition), planning an extraordinary REVENT (our fall gala) and working to build the impact of America Recycles Day, November 15.

We have also recently welcomed a new staff person, Jean Miller, Director of Administration.  Many of you have worked with Jean who has done a fantastic job helping us plan and deliver our most recent events as well as the YP phone book recycling challenge.  We are thrilled to have Jean on the IRC team in a new position that creates a more strategic and impactful staffing structure.

We are, today more than ever, excited about the opportunities that lie ahead to grow our ability to serve our mission, and we thank you for that.  The IRC exists because of you - our members, friends, volunteers, sponsors and grantors.  Thank you for your support of the IRC. 

Sustainably Yours,


Carey Hamilton
Executive Director

We hope to see you at REVENT, the IRC's annual gala. On Saturday, November 2, we will celebrate the year that was in the world of reduction, reuse, composting and recycling at Big Car's Service Center, a creative reuse story in its own right. Join us for a delicious dinner from Duos, drinks courtesy of Monarch Beverage, our famous silent auction/cocktail hour and far more as we look forward to 2014. 
recycle bowl
Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful's National K-12 Recycling Competition is back and ready for registration! We here at IRC know that getting young people educated and excited about recycling is one of the most powerful ways to create life-long recyclers. We hope to help spur the establishment of new recycling programs and increase recycling rates for existing programs through the promotion of this exciting competition! Champions can receive cash prizes, not to mention bragging rights! Help Indiana defend our title as national recycling champions (last year Taylor Primary in Kokomo recycled 47 pounds of waste per student)! Contact Annie at or visit this website to find out more!
in state fair
The first-ever comprehensive recycling program at the Indiana State Fair was a huge success. We spoke to thousands of fair goers about recycling, conducted observational research and most importantly collected lots of material. We couldn't have done it without the support of our volunteers, Cummins and Keep America Beautiful. Thanks! 
Dig IN
We were thrilled to help Dig-IN strive for zero waste at this year's event. A huge thanks to our volunteers, Cummins and Green With Indy for making this initiative possible. We look forward to continuing our efforts to green the event in 2014. 


One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get Involved!
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Our popular recycling finder tool, EcoPoint, has moved! It is now housed on our main website, It still has all the features you know and love but is now conveniently hosted with the rest of the information you crave about recycling in Indiana. 

As we all know, there is a lot of stuff in this world. With the amount of various materials come the inevitable questions of recyclability. Here now are 10 common items you may not know are recyclable, including golf balls, cotton swabs and hair. Yes, hair. 

New Members
David & Nonie Vonnegut-Gabovitch

Listing in the New/Returning Members section is voluntary.  The IRC does not share its membership list or member contact information.
Recycling on the Go
Join the upcoming Recycling on the Go webinar to hear a panel of experts share their professional judgment on the best practices for recycling at events, streetscapes, parks and other public locations. The webinar will include panel members responding to photos of real world recycling situations to highlight the pros and cons of different bin designs, location placement and labeling. Panelists will address issues such as operational efficiency and ergonomic safety, as well as steps to increase recovery and minimize contamination. To learn more and register, visit:

Compost: Why it Matters  
This webinar will provide an overview of the variety of agronomic benefits derived from using compost. The physical, chemical and biological benefits of various compost products will be described in a manner so that prospective users will know what they have to offer. An overview of the  United States Composting Council's "Seal of Testing Assurance Program" will also be provided. To learn more and register, visit:

 GreenTown Conference in South Bend to feature IRC Speakers 
How do we increase commercial food scrap collection in the Michiana area?
What are the economic development opportunities related to expanding recycling? 
What are the steps for creating large and small-scale zero waste community events? 
Join us for an afternoon workshop to discuss barriers, solutions and success stories.

This half-day forum will include the following speakers:
Recycling and Job Creation Opportunities in Indiana: An Overview of the IRC Report 
Presenter: Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition 

Planning and Implementing Zero Waste Events: Case Studies and Planning Overview
Presenters: Jonathan Allinson, Program Manager, Indiana Recycling Coalition and Jen Nelson, Zero Waste, Seven Generations Ahead

Food Scrap Composting Trends, Barriers, and Opportunities
Presenters: Steven P. Christman, QEP, Executive Director, Northeast Indiana Solid Waste District, Julie Schilf, Municipal and Industrial Materials Section, Land and Chemical Division, US EPA Region 5

Register today at:

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