The Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) applauds the Indiana Court of Appeals’ decision in favor of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit protesting the recycling contract between Covanta and the City of Indianapolis. The suit charged, among other things, that the city didn’t follow proper public bidding requirements before awarding the contract.


The lawsuit was filed by two paper manufacturers with facilities in Indiana – RockTenn (now WestRock) and Graphic Packaging Corp., and Indianapolis resident Cathy Weinmann.

“We’re delighted with the court’s decision,” said IRC Executive Director Carey Hamilton. “We supported the plaintiffs in filing this suit because we believe a competitive and transparent process will provide the best recycling program while also best serving taxpayers.”

“We thank the plaintiffs for challenging this $100 million deal forged behind closed doors.  We also give a special thanks to former Indianapolis City Council Vice President John Barth for his early leadership opposing the Covanta deal in support of an inclusive and transparent process,” continued Hamilton. “Following on the heels of Mayor Hogsett’s decision to hear from the community on this important issue, this will help to ensure that Indianapolis finally gets a first-class recycling program.”

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