The Waste Management Program provides recycling and organic waste diversion and avoided cost services for the Department and selected municipalities. The program employs up to 1,100 incarcerated individuals at various levels in facilities and regional recycling processing centers.
Food Waste composting operations are located throughout the state and generally outside facility security perimeters.
Program goals include providing:
- solid waste disposal cost avoidance to the Department through procurement, recycling and organic waste composting strategies
- statutory compliance with solid waste regulations and benign environmental stewardship waste management practices
- relevant and productive incarcerated work experiences
Participants must meet security status for area, which may be outside clearance in the case of regional centers and compost operations. They must also meet educational and behavior classification (outside clearance) for work assignment.
Grade 2: No requirement
Grade 3: HSE, 8th Grade or enrolled in HSE classes
Grade 4: HSE or high school diploma
Job titles include:
- Compost Operator
- Facility Recycling Crew
- Housing Unit Recycling Porter
- Recycling Equipment Operator
- Regional Recycling Processing Center Crew
In some facilities, recycling activities are delegated to grounds crews or maintenance crews. Regional Recycling Centers carry designated work crews and participants are paid an industry wage on an hourly basis.
Recycling activities take place at all facilities.
Composting operations are generally located outside the security perimeter at the following facilities:
Regional Recycling Centers are located at: