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Recycle Indiana

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It's "ECO-nomical" for Indiana!

Look for products with these symbols:

Recyclable

Three arrows indicate that the products and packaging are recyclable.

Recycled

Three arrows enclosed in a circle indicate that the products and packaging contain recycled material.

Indiana citizens, businesses and government agencies want to be environmentally responsible but do not always know how to turn that commitment into results. One way to work toward this goal is to buy recycled products.

People are collecting more materials for recycling than ever before – in their homes, schools and offices. New and expanding programs are increasing the amount of materials collected statewide. As a result, recycling is more prevalent in Indiana today than ever before. But recycling is more than collecting materials and separating them from the regular garbage collection. To truly divert waste from landfills, the recyclable materials must first be remanufactured into new products. The new products must then be purchased to "close the recycling loop."

To fully realize the benefits of recycling, three elements must be in balance: collection, manufacturing and buying recycled. The cycle is complete only when recovered materials are returned to the economy as new products and bought by consumers. By purchasing recycled products, you help increase the market demand for the collected recycled materials. When more organizations buy recycled, more competitively priced recycled-content products will be manufactured. When governments, businesses and individuals buy products made from the recycled materials, these materials are truly diverted from the landfill.

Resources to Help You Buy Recycled:

  • The Indiana Recycled Product Showroom [PDF]: Find manufactures and distributors of recycled content products right here in Indiana.
  • Funding is available to assist local units of government, solid waste districts and schools with purchasing recycled content products for trial or demonstration.
  • Technical assistance is available to anyone interested in starting a buy recycled initiative. For more information contact the Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (OPPTA), at (800) 988-7901, or email "recycling at idem.IN.gov"