SUPPORT RECYCLING IN INDY!  Mixing recyclables with trash will negatively impact recycling for decades to come.  Please vote "NO" on Covanta.
  • Petitioning BPW Member Robert Parrin

This petition will be delivered to:

BPW Member Robert Parrin
BPW Member Laura Sniadecki
BPW Member Dennis Rosebrough
BPW Member John Charleston
BPW Member Greg Garrett
BPW Member Neil Bloede
Board of Public Works Member Lori Miser

SUPPORT RECYCLING IN INDY! Mixing recyclables with trash will negatively impact recycling for decades to come. Please vote "NO" on Covanta.

    1. Petition by

      Indiana Recycling Coalition

 

Indianapolis residents:  The City of Indianapolis is considering a plan that will set recycling back for decades—by having Indianapolis residents mix their recycling with their trash.  Covanta, the local trash incinerator, has proposed building a facility that will sort this trash/recycling mixture, and recycle only a small amount of the recyclable material.    Mixing trash with recyclables creates significant contamination resulting in much lower quantity and quality of recycled materials.  The companies that rely on recycled feedstock need clean material and are very concerned that Indianapolis is considering such a plan.     You can find more information about this issue here.

Clean recycling is a jobs engine that saves energy and conserves resources.   Other first-class cities around the nation offer the gold-standard in recycling—free, curbside pickups for all residents.    There are resources available to make this happen for Indianapolis.  Covanta’s proposal offers a path backwards. 
 
The Board of Public Works must vote to approve the Covanta plan before it can go into effect.  The Board needs to hear your concerns before they vote.  At this time it seems likely the Covanta vote will be held on August 6.  Now is the time to make your voice heard!

 

To:
BPW Member Robert Parrin
BPW Member Laura Sniadecki
BPW Member Dennis Rosebrough
BPW Member John Charleston
BPW Member Greg Garrett
BPW Member Neil Bloede
Board of Public Works Member Lori Miser
SUPPORT RECYCLING IN INDY! Mixing recyclables with trash will negatively impact recycling for decades to come. Please vote "NO" on Covanta and encourage the Mayor to fully consider new resources available to provide curbside recycling for all. Indianapolis deserves a first-class city solution that supports our economy and our environment.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Indianapolis is being sued over $45M recycling center deal

      September 12, 2014

      To our 1387 petition signers and supporters,

      You may be aware that a lawsuit has recently been filed against the City of Indianapolis over the dirty MRF recycling contract with Covanta. You can read more about this here:

      Indy Star article: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/11/city-sued-m-recycling-center-deal/15469843/

      Indianapolis Business Journal article
      http://www.ibj.com/paper-companies-sue-over-indianapolis-recycling-deal/PARAMS/article/49441

      Please consider making a donation today - if many of you gave just $5, the IRC could focus more valuable staff time on advancing clean recycling!
      Donation website: https://inrc.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_66971

      To stay connected to the Indiana Recycling Coalition and the work we do to promote recycling all across the state, we invite you to:

      Join us at our 25th Anniversary Gala, REVENT, on November 15, 2014. Register today! http://www.indianarecycling.org/news-blog/events/revent-2014/
      Follow us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/INRecycling
      Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/INRecycling
      Visit our website: www.indianarecycling.org
      Become a member of the IRC!

      Thank you again for your support!

      The Indiana Recycling Coalition

      Indiana Recycling Coalition

      Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indianapolis, IN. 1,446 likes · 76 talking about this · 12 were here. The Indiana Recycling Coalition is a statewide...

    2. Statement on City of Indianapolis’ pending agreement with Covanta

      August 8, 2014

      To our 1252 petition signers and supporters,

      The Indiana Recycling Coalition is disappointed that the Indianapolis Board of Public Works has approved Covanta's plan to mix recyclables with trash. As we have stated, this plan is a major step backwards for recycling in Indianapolis. Having in recent days received access to the agreement, we now know it is a bad deal for taxpayers as well.

      According to the contract, through 2028:

      1. The City will be financially penalized when the current subscription curbside recycling program collects 5% more recyclables per year than the year prior to the Covanta facility opening. Thus, clean residential recycling is disincentivized by the new contract.

      2. The recycling goal for Covanta's facility is 18%. This is a 23% decrease from the original 23.5% goal Covanta had been touting while marketing the proposal in recent months. There does not appear to be a penalty for not achieving the meager 18% goal.

      3. This contract precludes the private sector from working with the City to improve recycling programs for the next 14 years. As innovative resources become available, the City will be unable to explore new possibilities and better approaches.

      As the permitting and contractual processes begin for this planned facility, the IRC will continue to explore avenues to create a better solution for Indianapolis.

      We will keep you posted on our efforts.

      We appreciate your support, and we believe it did make a difference. We hope that you will continue to help us advocate for clean recycling options for Indianapolis. To stay connected to the Indiana Recycling Coalition and the work we do to promote recycling all across the state, we invite you to:

      Follow us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/INRecycling
      Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/INRecycling
      Visit our website: www.indianarecycling.org
      Become a member to support the work we do: http://www.indianarecycling.org/membership/become-a-member-2/

      Thank you again for your support!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Henderson INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      I know that the vote has passed, but I sincerely hope that something will happen to stop this contract from being signed and moving forward. This is a terrible decision for the reputation of the City, terrible for the environment, terrible for the people and businesses of Indianapolis, and stifles economic potential in the rapidly growing field of smart recycling. The Covanta deal is, pardon me, but the dumbest "recycling" deal Indianapolis could possibly find. I hope good sense, economic opportunity, and care for future sustainability and viability will prevail yet.

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    • Sarah Savage INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      The contamination that will happen will trash/diapers mixing with recycling is absolutely disgusting and unhealthy.

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    • Cherilyn Lootens INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      As a public health professional and educator, I want a long term, sustainable option that continues to support recycling's best practices, and gives the citizen's ownership and responsibility in the process.

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    • Shelley McDonough INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      First our air quality is terrible as it is. We do NOT need to add burning trash to it. Waste should be treated as an important resource. We should not have any trash at all. Indianapolis should look to the City of San Francisco as an example. The have a zero land fill policy. They even separate out the organic compost able matter.

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    • Alecia Monett INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      Indiana has a huge recycled materials market available and the city of Indianapolis should take advantage of it. In addition to the fact that this is a much better option for planet Earth!!

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