Covanta, Indianapolis call for temporary halt to plans for new recycling center

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 10, 2016) – The city of Indianapolis and Covanta have decided to temporarily suspend a contract to build a new recycling center.

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the change Wednesday, saying the city will spend the next 90 days assisting Covanta in reassessing plans for the advance recycling center (ARC), which was set to go on the company’s Indianapolis campus.

The center would allow residents to put trash and recyclables into one bin, but the proposal drew sharp criticism after former Mayor Greg Ballard announced the deal in August 2014.

“Leadership begins with listening, and I believe Indianapolis deserves a true community conversation before we move forward with any waste and recycling plan,” Hogsett said. “I appreciate Covanta’s willingness to agree to this effort as we work toward a long-term solution that best serves our neighborhoods and our environment.”

A group sued the city and Covanta over the deal, taking issues with how the contract was approved. Hogsett said the city’s contract with Covanta remains in effect.

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