A partnership between contractor Amey, Recycling Lives and HMP Dovegate will see 40 prisoners employed to strip glass, plastics, circuit boards and wiring from televisions.
These will be collected at Amey’s household waste recycling centres in Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, with separated components sent to Recycling Lives’ 15-acre site in Preston for sorting and sale.
More than 133,000 TVs will be recycled every year at the Staffordshire prison – equivalent to around 1,700 tonnes.
Recycling Lives this year won MRW’s National Recycling Awards category for Commercial Team of the Year.
Its commercial operations sustain a charitable programme of work with offenders, support for homeless people and reducing food poverty, including work at 10 prisons.
Two new facilities have opened in the past month, at Durham and Falkirk, where it plans to save or create 24 jobs for marginalised people in processing end-of-life vehicles.
Prisons minister Rory Stewart, a former resources minister, said: “Initiatives like this create a platform for offenders to make a meaningful contribution to society – turning their backs on crime for good.”