Two recycling firms on Guernsey have partnered with the local prison so that inmates can be involved in waste management.
Guernsey Recycling and Mayside Recycling are trialling an initiative where prisoners will sort metals and WEEE. The scheme aims to provide work and education for inmates and help Guernsey reach its 70% recycling target.
Guernsey Recycling has started to deliver mixed ferrous and non-ferrous metals to the prison, training inmates to sort them into separate clean grades of ferrous and non-ferrous metal.
WEEE material is also delivered into the prison workshop, where inmates are trained to grade metal, plastic, cable and circuit boards, hand dismantling the material to maximise the value.
Both recycling companies said they were proud to be providing worthwhile employment to help rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for a useful working life when they leave prison, as well as paying them a salary to help get them towards financial security.
Guernsey Recycling said that the benefit of a local specially trained workforce hand-sorting mixed recyclates allowed the companies to maximise the value of each grade sorted at the prison, minimising the waste going to landfill and reducing the need for use of expensive plant and machinery.
The inmates are also hand-sorting the mixed recyclates produced daily at the prison, minimising the cost of waste disposal for the prison also.