Indiana is missing an opportunity by dragging its feet on
recycling policies, according to Carey Hamilton, executive
director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition.
Indianas recycling infrastructure would create jobs and
improve the availability of feedstock for metals recyclers,
steel mills and aluminum companies, she said.
The state has fallen
short of the waste-reduction goals it established in 1990,
Hamilton said. The state had hoped to reduce waste by 35
percent by 1996 and 50 percent by 2001, but it achieved rates
of only 30 percent and 39 percent, respectively.
At these rates,
recycling jobs and more cost-effective commodities for metals
production are literally being thrown away, Hamilton said. "The
coalition, in general, wants to see advances in public policies
that cover recycling," she told AMM.
would make the states metals industries more competitive,
Hamilton noted. Recycled aluminum offers 95-percent energy
savings over raw materials, while recycled steel offers
74-percent energy savings.
Of the 60 Indiana
manufacturers that rely on recyclables, 11 consume aluminum and
10 consume steel, she said. Adopting a more rigorous recycling
policy would create jobs and help compete with virgin forms of
pig iron and aluminum.
Of eight states in the
Midwest, Indiana has the second-lowest tipping fee, averaging
$3.43 per ton, at landfills. Recycling could help the state to
reduce the flow the landfills, Hamilton said.