In FY2012 a Sustainability Committee was formed to effectively collect, process, store and return to industry, waste materials produced in the daily operations of Centralia Correctional Center. The Committee would strive to support green initiatives and sustainable practices through responsible management. Since this time, Centralia Illinois Correctional Industries has taken on this recycling endeavor in a focused attempt to provide valuable skills that can be used by incarcerated inmates toward attaining “Green Collar” jobs upon their release. It is a well noted fact that recidivism rates are substantially lower for offenders released without marketable skills. In addition Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center would strive to hire inmates eligible for Industry Good Conduct Credit (IGCC). With an annual cost of incarceration at Centralia Correctional Center of $20,146 per inmate, each year of work by an IGCC eligible inmate will save the State of Illinois $10,073.
The Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center currently recycles cardboard, paper, plastic, magazines, newspaper, metal cans, bottle caps and vegetable oil. This is process is completed in the safest, most efficient manner possible while constantly striving to improve the effectiveness of the program. Based on the first four months of calendar year 2012, the Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center will realize the following savings extrapolated out for the entire calendar year. Disposal savings for 2012 (Money saved by not paying an outside vendor to dispose of waste) $7,000., revenue from recycling $18,000, and IGCC savings of $82,000 for a total gross savings of $107,000 for 2012. Less yearly inmate pay of $3,600 will result in a net savings of approximately $103,400 for the State of Illinois for 2012.
The Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center partners with Kaskaskia College to dispose of their recyclable paper, cardboard and plastic. Based on the first four months of calendar year 2012, Kaskaskia College will generate a disposal savings of $500 per year and generate $2,000 in revenue from recycling for a net savings of approximately $2,500 for 2012.
The Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center is also responsible for the composting/garden area. Thanks to seeds being donated from the department’s central seed repository located at Menard CC, Centralia has a thriving garden/composting area. The workers assigned to the garden/composting area generate tomatoes, lettuce, beans, cantaloupe, watermelon and other various fruits and vegetables used to feed the offender population and staff. The compost piles are monitored on a weekly basis and will be used in future gardening needs. In the future the Centralia Correctional Center ICI Recycling Center is looking into expansion of composting for the sewer plant.