More than 28,000 hours of unpaid work have been carried out by criminals in Preston in the past year.
Offenders sentenced to unpaid work by the courts have been involved in cleaning the streets, parks, and packing boxes at a warehouse for charity International Aid.
Lancashire Probation Trust have worked with partners to carry out the schemes.
The biggest partner worker in Preston is the council, who work with around 50 offenders a week.
Across Lancashire, almost 200,000 hours of unpaid work were carried out between January and December last year.
Probation bosses said this was the equivalent of £1.2m of work.
Lancashire Probation Trust chief executive Kevin Robinson said: “Offenders sentenced to unpaid work in Lancashire take part in useful activities in the communities that are both rigorous and demanding.
“We are determined that the work meets public and beneficiaries expectations of punishment and provides ‘payback’ to communities.” Other partners in Preston include the British Heart Foundation, Age Concern, and Cancer Research.
Offenders also work with charity Integrate in wood recycling organisation The Woodhouse, where they work with volunteers to gain skills to help them get back into work.
Probation bosses maintain responsibility for supervision of offenders.
Mr Robinson said: “We are developing and building new approaches to Community Payback to deliver a tough and robust punishment for offenders with our aim to manage risk, change lives and improve communities.”