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by Nancy Burghart — last modified May 15, 2023 01:08 PM

A Focus on the Environment

Hutchinson Correctional Facility's (HCF) recycling efforts have made the correctional facility a leader in implementing innovative environmental initiatives. Since 2010, HCF has diverted more than 1.5 million pounds of solid waste from local landfills. In 2012, the U.S. EPA presented HCF with its WasteWise State Government Partner of the Year Award for its aggressive recycling programs. As the only mattress recycling center in Kansas, the facility has recycled more than 17,000 mattresses, which consisted of 46,000 pounds of foam, 287,000 pounds of steel, 22,000 pounds of wood and 46,000 pounds of cotton. In addition, the facility recycles used resident jeans that are made into quilts and donated to charitable organizations. The residents 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. 

HCF's Recycling Programs:

  • Mattress Recycling Program - South Unit
  • Outdoor Furniture made from recycled mattress parts - South Unit
  • Dog Beds made from recycled mattress pads - South Unit
  • Trash recycling from onsite disposal (plastic bottles, cardboard/paper, etc.) - Central Unit
  • Composting from onsite vegetation disposal - Central Unit and East Unit


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