Indiana will soon begin reporting the annual volume of recyclable materials diverted from landfills.
Legislation (H.B. 1183) authored by State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw) will be signed by Governor Mike Pence later in March 2014.
Members of the National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste & Recycling)—including landfill operators and solid waste haulers—participated in the development of the bill, in co-operation with several representatives of the environmental and industrial communities. Waste & Recycling representatives brought a model draft bill from Michigan to Indiana legislative leaders, leading to the introduction of H.B. 1183, which was recently approved by the Legislature.
"My colleagues and I appreciate the help of the National Waste & Recycling Association in making this bill a reality," Wolkins said.
Beginning in 2015, recyclers will report to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), on an annual basis, how much municipal waste is collected in Indiana. Materials reported to IDEM will include glass, paper, plastic and metals. In turn, IDEM will begin reporting to the Legislature on the volumes of recyclable materials collected.
"Unfortunately, the scope of this legislation originally included reporting from industrial and incinerator sectors, but those groups were removed from the bill," said Terry Guerin, president of the Indiana Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association."Inclusion of those sectors is vital if we are to understand exactly how well we are doing. We will be back next year."