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Scottish scheme offers garden tool recycling

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 14:20:44

A new initiative has been created within the Scottish prison of Saughton, to provide female inmates with a productive way to spend their time and also to help with the recycling efforts of the local community.

A workshop which is exclusively aimed at the recycling of old, unwanted garden tools has been opened within the prison, with the idea being that people can pass on their old hoes, rakes, spades and other accoutrements, to have them prepared for a new life of reuse.

Collection points have been set up in several locations nearby, with local garden centres getting involved, which makes perfect sense.

Scheme spokesperson, Dougal Philip, said that he was pleased to be able to offer the community a way of disposing of its outdated garden tools, in a manner that would in itself be environmentally friendly and also instrumental in the rehabilitation process within the prison.

He pointed out that garden sheds can often become cluttered with old tools, which are simply left there long after they have become unusable.

In fact, this approach to recycling is completely unique in Scotland, since no other outlet has ever been able to offer a service that deals with old garden tools north of the border.

The scheme is sensibly called Tool Shed and its organisers say that the local community has responded very positively to its instigation.

It is being praised because it will endow female prisoners with practical skills and the work they do will mean that local schools and other projects will receive high quality, affordable tools, as an end result.

Prisoners will not only learn about how to work in this area, but will also see that their actions have positive benefits in the community, outside the walls, as a result.




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