“This program supports the governor’s and legislature’s goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 while doing so in a cost-effective manner, with no added to costs to any state agency, including CALPIA.” Offenders participating in the program will learn marketable job skills in e-waste recycling and computer refurbishing, CALPIA says, adding, “skills coveted in today’s job market that will help them find innovative employment opportunities when they return to their communities.” CALPIA began the E-Waste Collection and Computer Refurbishing program in 2013 by entering into a statewide agreement with CDCR to help the agency resolve its backlog of accumulating e-waste.

With the board-approved program expansion, CALPIA says its E-Waste Collection and Computer Refurbishment enterprise will build upon the program model of the new northern California locations and expand to include an E-Waste collection point at the California Institution for Men in Chino and a collection point and development of a computer refurbishing program at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Ventura.

The California Prison Industry (CALPIA) is a self-supporting, customer-focused business that provides productive work assignments for approximately 7,000 offenders within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions. CALPIA manages over 100 manufacturing, service, and consumable operations in all 34 CDCR institutions throughout California. The goods and services produced by CALPIA are sold predominately to departments of the State of California, as well as other government entities. CALPIA’s goal is to train offenders with job skills, good work habits, and basic education and job support in the community, so when they parole they never return to prison.

View Press Release: http://www.calpia.ca.gov/pdf/Public_Affairs/pr/pr-06-30-2017.pdf