City OKs Indy Recycling Center

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The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted 4-1 Wednesday to allow Covanta Indianapolis Inc. to build a $45 million advanced recycling center. Covanta Vice President of Business Management Scott Holkeboer spoke about the project in June on Inside INdiana Business Television. The center will be built next to the company's Harding Street incinerator.

August 6, 2014

The following statement is attributed to Scott Holkeboer, Covanta's Vice President of Business Management:

"Thanks to Mayor Ballard's leadership, Covanta is ready to bring the next generation in sustainable waste management system to Indianapolis. We thank the City and members of the Board of Public Works for recognizing the benefit Covanta’s partnership will produce – both for the environment and the economy."

“The Covanta Advanced Recycling Center will help move Indiana closer to its goals for recycling, giving Indianapolis residents greater opportunities to take part in recycling. Covanta’s $45 million investment to build the facility will increase the recycling rate by 500 percent, capturing 80-90 percent of all recyclable materials – and without residents having to pay for it.

“We look forward to beginning construction with plans to open the Covanta Advanced Recycling Center in 2016.”

The following statement is open letter from The Recycling Industries Coalition and published on John Barth's At-Large webpage.

"Open Letter to the Mayor, City Council and the Board of Public Works

Mayor Ballard’s proposed city recycling contract with Covanta has already drawn criticism as a step backward in efforts to improve recycling. It does not include glass, makes paper nearly impossible to recycle, and estimates show only an 18% recovery rate for recycled material, far below other Indiana cities and leading cities nationally. But there are some stinging financial burdens that make this a doubly bad deal for Indianapolis.

Sources: Covanta Indianapolis Inc., John Barth: Council At-Large and Inside INdiana Business