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Hutchinson Facility Honored

The Hutchinson Correctional Facility WAS honored by the Environmental  Protection Agency for reducing its volume of solid waste through innovative and aggressive recycling programs.  EPA presented a WasteWise State Government Partner of the Year Award to the correctional facility. This honor is awarded annually to one State WasteWise partner in the country. WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program that helps businesses reduce their environmental impact and find cost savings through innovative waste reduction and recycling activities. The program provides an online reporting system called Re-TRAC which allows members to track waste generation and reduction activities, generate customized reports, and calculate their greenhouse gas emission reductions and environmental impacts.  The Hutchinson Correctional facility has made a concerted effort to reduce waste. Since 2010, the facility has diverted more than 1,496,000 pounds of solid waste from local landfills. The correctional facility is the only mattress recycling center in Kansas. Since 2010, the facility has recycled more than 17,000 mattresses. In addition, the facility is recycling used inmate jeans. Useable remnants of jeans are made into quilts that are donated to charitable organizations. The inmates have made more than 1,085 quilts, which amounts to more than 12,000 pounds of clothing being diverted from a local landfill. Other recycling efforts include the use of recycled ink cartridges, toilet paper and paper towels.