Indiana House passes bill to boost recycling 

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By Brandon Mullens

The full House passed a bill Jan. 29 that will require recyclers to fill out annual or quarterly reports on their activities as part of an effort to boost the state's efforts to keep less waste from going to landfills.

The author of House Bill 1183, Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, said businesses that aren't designated as a recycler can also fill out a report voluntarily.

The bill establishes a state goal of recycling at least 50 percent of all municipal waste by 2019. However, Wolkins said that goal is a bit of a concern.

"Fifty percent is a very, very high mark," Wolkins said. "California and Massachusetts recycle everything compared to us and they only recycle about 40 percent of municipal waste."

Under this bill, recyclers will have to report information to the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Management, who will then make the information available on the agency's website.

Finally, the commissioner will have to submit to the Environmental Quality Service Council an annual written report that summarizes the information.

The bill passed unanimously and will now be considered by the Senate.

Brandon Mullens is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin journalism students and faculty.

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