Staffordshire Dovegate prison sets up recycling academy to develop work skills

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The workshop is the 10th HMP Academy set up by Recycling Lives

A recycling academy has been set up in HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire to give offenders an opportunity to develop work skills.

Launched by Amey in partnership with Recycling Lives and Dovegate, the scheme will see up to 40 offenders strip out glass, plastics, circuit boards and wiring from televisions.

More than 133,000 televisions, equating to 1,700 tonnes, will be recycled every year.

The workshop is the 10th HMP Academy set up by Recycling Lives and will source television waste from Amey’s Household Waste Recycling Centres in Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Once the component parts have been extracted, they will go to Recycling Lives’ 15-acre Recycling Park in Preston for final sorting, before going to the global commodities market for processing into new products.

Between 2015-17, of the 75 men and women released after working in academies, just two reoffended while the remainder were rehabilitated and supported into work - creating £5.3m social value by reducing reoffending.

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: “Initiatives like this create a platform for offenders to go on and make a meaningful contribution to society - turning their backs on crime for good.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who helps prisoners find work and we want to encourage more employers to take on offenders and help them transform their lives.”

Amey has also set up A Passport to Employment scheme at HMPs Liverpool, Lancaster Farms and Hewell which provides work placements for offenders to increase employment opportunities on release.

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