Unique scheme between Doncaster Council and prisoners receives top praise

Lindholme Prison
Lindholme Prison

A unique partnership between Doncaster Council and prisoners to replace the town’s street lights has been highly commended in a national awards ceremony.

The authority is working in partnership with HMP Lindholme and ONE3ONE Solutions & G Middleton Skips as part of the ‘Smartlight’ project to replace 33,000 residential street lights with new LED technology.

Prisoners at Lindholme are dismantling the old lanterns into their component parts so that precious metals inside can be recycled. The monies recouped from the recycling partnership ensure that the project reduces waste to landfill.

The project was highly commended in the GO Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award category of the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17 in Manchester last month.

Gill Gillies, assistant director of environment for the council, said: “The prisoners’ work is greatly reducing the amount of waste generated by the project, which would have been traditionally sent to landfill.”

Mark Hanson, governor at HMP Lindholme, added: “The scheme teaches prisoners additional skills and promotes a working ethic.”