Ohio prisons set 2016 goal for reducing utilities usage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio has set a 2016 goal of reducing water, electricity, natural gas and fuel use in the state prison system by 15 percent.

The report says prisons also want to reduce waste sent to landfills by 75 percent.

Monday's report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says the prisons reduced waste removal costs by 20 percent from 2012 through last year, and increased recycling revenue by 21 percent.

The report says the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reduced water, natural gas, and electric usage the past three years but still saw total utility costs rise 8.5 percent.