HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Recycling at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility is going to the dogs.
For about a year, inmates at the prison have been dismantling mattresses and recycling materials from the beds to raise money.
Now, inmates are using foam and material from the mattresses to make dog beds. Those beds are being donated to animal shelters and sold in a veterinary clinic to help the prison’s dog training programs.
The Hutchinson News reports the dog bed program started about three months ago. So far, a few inmates have made 150 beds.
Warden Sam Cline said he was pleased that mattresses that would have been thrown away are being recycled. He says the recycling program saves money and provides something positive for inmates and the community.