IRC, as an organization, takes a position on a regulatory or legislative issues relating to source reduction, reuse or recycling only after a careful consensus-reaching process has been completed.

Anyone may submit an advocacy proposal to the IRC.  To assure that proposals for advocacy position are complete and consistent, all proposals must be submitted to the IRC in writing.  Please contact the IRC at 317-632-5915 for more information about this process.

Current Advocacy Positions

Indiana’s State Solid Waste Management Fund Updated 3.19.2013

Food Waste Composting  Updated 10.24.2012

Industry Stakeholder Dialogue  Updated January 2013


Past Advocacy Positions


Indiana’s yard waste ban and methane recovery exemption (1995) 

*The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports a ban on all yard waste from Indiana landfills.
*The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports the repeal of the methane recovery exemption from the Indiana yard waste ban.

HEA 1339 and IDEM’s policy to develop nonrule policies (1997)

*The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports the procedures that were used by IDEM in developing the non-rule policy and agrees that the process provided all stakeholders the ability to comment.
*The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports the new non-rule policy for IDEM’s source reduction and recycling grants program, as it relates to HEA 1339.

IDEM’s grants for businesses and state government (1997)

*The Indiana Recycling Coalition agrees that the eligibility requirements for business grants should remain the same as those requirements currently in place, as of November, 1997.
*The Indiana Recycling Coalition agrees that state agencies should have access to IDEM grants.

The role of Indiana’s solid waste management districts (1999)

Solid Waste Management Districts are an essential part of the State of Indiana’s efforts to reach waste diversion goals.  Districts provide the framework for the development of source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs.  These programs are the fundamental tools for accomplishing the goals mandated in HEA 1240.

Electronics (2002)

*The IRC supports proper end-of-life management of electronics within the state as an important priority for the protection of the environment and public health in Indiana communities.
*The IRC supports electronics end-of-life management as a high priority on the national, state and local levels.
*The IRC supports a funding mechanism to offset the financial burden of electronics end-of-life programs to Indiana communities.
*The IRC supports a strategy for electronics end-of-life management that embraces the full waste management hierarchy of reduction, reuse and recycling.
*The IRC supports long-term producer responsibility to encourage electronic product
manufacturers to design, manufacture, and distribute products that contain a minimum of hazardous material and are as reusable and recyclable as possible.

Electronics (2004)

The Indiana Recycling Coalition is leading the E-Scrap Action Program (ESAP). ESAP is a project that targets electronics waste (e-scrap) as a major priority for waste management in the state of Indiana, because this waste stream can be hazardous to the environment and costly to manage.  The initial phase of this successful process resulted in a series of preliminary recommendations from a multi-stakeholder group. The recommendations present ways in which the state can address the issue of e-scrap from policy, regulatory, legislative and educational perspectives. The recommendations fall into six interrelated areas: Public education, Funding mechanisms, Landfill/incinerator disposal ban, Prison Partnerships, Procurement, and Asset Management.