Prisons go green

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Law allows state entities to use future savings to pay for efficiency upgrades. When the lunch trays get hosed down at the state prison in Brickeys, the waste gets dumped into a pit that feeds directly into a sewer line. Water hoses must run constantly to propel the daily ton of undigested food a half-mile to the rural Lee County prison's on-site water treatment facility. About 17 million gallons of water is required for this garbage transportation endeavor each year. It's not the most efficient system, prison officials readily acknowledge. "Nobody ever actually planned on that much waste going into the sewer," said Gail Mainard, assistant director for construction and maintenance at the Arkansas Department...

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Prisons go green

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