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
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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!