Detainees contributing to a more sustainable AMC

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Thanks to its new recycling program, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) has reduced the waste it sends to landfill by 46 per cent.

The program, established in July 2017 alongside other new industries at the AMC, also employs eight detainees.

The introduction of the program has also had a positive impact on environmental outcomes at the AMC, with nearly 45,000kg of waste diverted from landfill.

The program caters for detainees with low language, literacy and numeracy skills and supports the ACT Government’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and waste management strategy.

The 2018 Report on Government Services, released last month, showed 74.7 per cent of eligible detainees in the ACT were engaged in employment, up from 71.1 per cent in the previous reporting period.

Detainees are required to complete training and mandatory education courses prior to employment in the recycling area, setting them up to engage in employment pathways in waste and recycling post-release.

Comments attributable to Minister for Corrections, and for Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury:

“This increase in employment for detainees at the AMC shows the government’s investment in prison industries, such as the recycling program, has provided detainees with opportunities to build skills to help them transition back into the community.

“The program helps the AMC to achieve its goal of providing a structured day for detainees, while also reducing its environmental footprint.”