California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

2002 State Agency Recycling Recognition (STARR) Award Program

Department of Corrections Valley State Prison for Women: Waste Prevention

Opened in April 1995, Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) has grown to be one of the largest women’s prisons in the world, now housing approximately 3,700 inmates. VSPW is situated on approximately 640 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley in Madera County.

VSPW reduced waste destined for the landfill by 1,985 tons and saved more than $303,000 during 2002. This savings can be attributed to repairing and refurbishing inmate clothing and shoes; repairing and reusing pallets; initiating a food waste contract with a local hog farmer; and recycling paper, cardboard, tires, plastic, grass cuttings, scrap metal, and tree trimmings. The institution's waste reduction program was started in 1998 and has continued to expand each year. VSPW has not only achieved the mandated 50 percent waste diversion, but has exceeded it two years before the deadline.

For further information, please contact Reba Grissom 559-665-6100 ext. 5518

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Last updated: February 4, 2004
State Agency Recycling Recognition Awards Program,
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