RecycleForce is a social enterprise dedicated to developing and implementing effective strategies to reduce recidivism while improving the environment, local and state economies and communities and the lives of hundreds of formerly incarcerated men and women and their families.
With a laser focus on serving medium to high risk citizens returning from incarceration, RecycleForce provides life changing education, workforce training and employment services. Founded in 2006, it is one of the largest employers of those with a criminal background in Indiana, and is equally committed to keeping electronic waste and retail returns out of the landfill, having recycled more than 70 million pounds to date.
Their goal is to increase the economy and tax base through gainful employment, reduce recidivism through a reduction in prison/jail bed days, and strengthen families through child support payments.
We believe that work is therapy and that the best way to approach public safety is through gainful employment.
Using the revenue generated by its recycling business, RecycleForce is helping individuals rebuild their lives by providing gainful employment and comprehensive social services. They offer a range of programs from high school equivalency and literacy to industry recognized certificates and credential. These comprehensive services provide holistic supports to their transitional employees while providing best in class services to business partners.
To date, RecycleForce has served almost 1200 individuals, with almost $7,000,000 in wages earned and nearly $1,000,000 in taxes paid. Even more impressive is their multi-year recidivism rate of 26%, compared to 54% in the Indiana Department of Corrections over the same period of time.
With an eye to the future, RecycleForce continues to look for opportunities to grow and expand their model. Finding new sources of revenue and job creation, building new partnerships with local and national philanthropy, and growing our business services to serve more clients from around the country; RecycleForce is building a stronger foundation for scale to take them through 2018 and beyond.
As a social enterprise, RecycleForce sees the value in applying a business approach to their work with returning citizens. They find a direct correlation between earning a paycheck and reduced crime. Being a part of a national network, like SEA, focused on innovative solutions to society’s most intractable challenges is something the enterprise calls “rewarding and beneficial:”
“Social Enterprise Alliance is a national thought leader in the sector and being a member of SEA is a natural fit for RecycleForce.”
To learn more about Recycle Force, check out their member directory profile.