Marion County jail’s recycling team saves nearly $10,000

Source: Alisha Roemeling, Statesman Journal, January 9, 2015

The Marion County jail’s recycling team set some records in 2014 for their innovative, economical and planet preserving ideas. Since the implementation of new recycling programs in 2013, the jail has saved nearly $9,800 in dumping fees, and kept 112 tons of trash from being thrown in local landfill. Average disposal costs have gone from $900 per dump to $256 per dump. Some of the recycling programs, adopted by both inmates and staff as a way to reduce waste and save taxpayers’ money, include purchasing milk in bulk, using fewer trash can liners, sorting trash, composting food waste and recycling soap….