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Indianapolis Stepping Up Recycling Efforts

Indianapolis is trying to step up its recycling efforts.

Officials are in the process of finalizing a deal with Covanta, the company that runs the city’s trash incinerator. Convanta is proposing to build a $40 million "material recovery facility" that would handle all the city's waste and recyclables by separating the recyclables using technology before it goes to the incinerator. 

Mayor Greg Ballard’s office says the proposal will dramatically boost recycling at no cost to the city or taxpayers.  Spokesman Marc Lotter says Covanta is taking all the risks that they can get that material out of there. They can resell it and make their money back. 

Only about 10 percent of the material in Indianapolis gets recycled.  Lotter says the facility will be able to capture the material from the 90 percent who don't recycle.  

Citizens can still participate in curbside recycling, but it wouldn't be the city's main means of recycling.   Details of the plan are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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