Bunn Box gets $419k for expansion in recycling to keep concrete, rebar out of landfills

A Fort Wayne company is among 12 Indiana organizations awarded $1 million in grants by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Recycling Market Development Program to expand recycling in Indiana.

The joint effort represents over a $2 million commitment to operations that will benefit the environment and result in the creation of jobs, according to a news release. Municipalities, nonprofit groups and public and private businesses located and doing business in Indiana are eligible to apply for the grants. Eligible candidates may seek grants of $1,000-$500,000, with a 50 percent required match required.

Bunn Box, which has a recycle and transfer station at 6301 Ardmore Ave., will receive $419,698. The money will be used to expand operations and improve efficiencies with the construction and demolition business. The money will go toward a new crusher, stationary platform scales and a front-end loader with scales, according to the release.

Projected amounts to be diverted from landfills include 150,000 tons of concrete, 2,500 tons of rebar, 2,500 tons of metal, 1,000 tons of wood and 480 tons of cardboard.

A message was left for a company representative for information about the work.