Putnamville Correctional Facility
1946 West U.S. Hwy 40
Greencastle, IN 46135
“Prison systems have often been accused of recycling inmates. A Central Indiana penitentiary prefers the attention it’s getting for reusing cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. The Putnamville Correctional Facility near Greencastle recycles 10 tons a month of cans, bottles, paper, plastic wrappers and other material that deserves a second chance” (John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star)
Additional green indicators cited in Mr. Tuohy’s Indianapolis Star article include:
- A windmill on the grounds generates enough power for one large building.
- Water conservation system that saves more than 1 million gallons a day.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs cut electricity bills.
- Sales of the prison’s recyclables have earned about $150,000 in a year.
- A furnace using recycled scrap wood heats the facility and saved $1.25 million in the first two years.
- The entire operation has created about 40 full-time jobs for inmates.
- A 100 by 400 foot garden is being planned with produce to be donated to organizations that feed the homeless and needy.
- Green Organizational of the Year designation by the Hoosier Environmental Council.
Contacts: Mike Callahan, physical plant director and Robert Dubois, corrections officer.