Trash at fair to make money for state

Published 07/18 2013 03:31PM

Updated 07/18 2013 06:55PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Those planning to attend the State Fair this year will help save the state money every time they throw something away. Organizers are cutting back on trash costs by increasing recycling.

This year, all the money raised from it will go to the state's Department of Corrections. Used plastics, paper and even vegetable oil will be reclaimed. Inmates will then turn them into other things like furniture, clothing and cleaning supplies.

It's through the state's Correctional Industries Program. It teaches inmates life skills and responsibility. It runs from money made by selling the goods.

The ICI says this new recycling partnership is a win-win situation for them and the state. Fair-goers won't notice a difference. There will just be new blue trash bins spread throughout the grounds.

That's what will go to the inmate program. So, the more that's thrown away, the less the state has to pay another company to haul it away.

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