By: Supervisor Todd Spitzer
(SANTA ANA, CA) At its August 13 meeting, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan for the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange to recycle candy wrappers, generating about $20,000.
The funds will be sent to Carden Conservatory, a private school in Huntington Beach. According to the Orange County Register, the 3,000 inmates at Theo Lacy eat about one candy bar a day.
The wrappers will be sent to a New Jersey-based company, which will turn the wrappers into new products, such as bags, and picture frames. Candy manufacturer Mars subsidizes the wrapper recycling program.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer was surprised by the amount of wrappers generated at Theo Lacy.
“If you look at the amount of candy wrappers that we generate in our custodial facilities, it is unbelievable,” Spitzer said. “The fact that we’re doing something positive with these wrappers is great. I’m glad to know this isn’t becoming part of the waste system.”