Prison work experience recycling scheme in Derby saves over £50,000

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The work will save over £50,000

Female prisoners at Foston Hall in Derby will be playing their part in the recycling sector thanks to a new work scheme delivered by Derby City Council and Balfour Beatty.

Prisoners will ‘earn and learn’ by deconstructing 13,000 street lamps, meaning the lamps can be fully recycled rather than going to landfill.

Recycled plastic and glass will be reused by the automotive sector, copper will be turned into household cable and steel will be melted down.

Balfour Beatty estimates the work will save over £50,000 including procurement costs.

It will also equip the women with skills and experience to help them into employment on release.

Cllr Asaf Afzal, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said: "While the new LED street lanterns will both save us money and reduce our carbon footprint, it is reassuring that the old lanterns can be efficiently and effectively recycled as well as providing a great training opportunity for the women in custody there.”

The project is supported by waste management service Reconomy and Ward Recycling, which will transport the materials.

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