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    USPS Pilot Program Offers Free Mail-in Electronics Recycling
    Pilot program in 10 cities and 1,500 Post offices nationwide could see use across the country
    Many in America understand the need to recycle things like cans, glass and paper to keep it from our landfills and reduce our need for natural resources. However, many fail to think of recycling when it comes time to get rid of old electronics.The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a new program to allow the recycling of used electronics and ink cartridges free of charge. The postage for the program, which is currently being piloted in 1,500 post offices across the country, is paid for by Clover Technologies Group.Clover is a company that recycles remakes and resells ink cartridges, laser toner cartridges and small electronics. The program will allow consumers to send in items like BlackBerry’s, MP3 players, PDAs and digital cameras for recycle free of charge.

    Clover has a zero landfill policy and recycles or reuses every device or cartridge returned without throwing anything away. Annita Bizzotto, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of the USPS said in a statement, “It was this philosophy [zero landfill] that won Clover the contract with the Postal Service, besting 19 other companies.”The USPS says that the free, postage-paid envelopes can be found on displays in Post Office lobbies and that there are no limits on the amount of envelopes customers can take. The pilot program includes 1,500 Post Offices in ten areas across the country. The areas include Washington D.C., Chicago, LA and San Diego. Postal officials say that if the program is successful in the pilot areas, the program will be rolled out nationwide.This is a noble attempt by the U.S. government to try and curb the amount of electronics that end up in our landfills or that is shipped overseas for disposal. DailyTech reported in November of 2007 that the U.S. ships in the area of 300,000 tons of tech trash overseas each year.

    U.S. Postal Service Starts Service in 1,500 Post Offices
    WASHINGTON, DC —Free and green. Those are the goals of a pilot program launched today by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.The “Mail Back” program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.

    Postage is paid for by Clover Technologies Group, a nationally recognized company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges and small electronics. If the electronic item or cartridges cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled. Clover Technologies Group has a “zero waste to landfill” policy: it does everything it can to avoid contributing any materials to the nation’s landfills.It was this philosophy that won Clover the contract with the Postal Service, besting 19 other companies, said Anita Bizzotto, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for the Postal Service.“As one of the nation’s leading corporate citizens, the Postal Service is committed to environmental stewardship,” Bizzotto said. “This program is one more way the Postal Service is empowering consumers to go green.”

    The free, postage-paid Mail Back envelopes can be found on displays in Post Office lobbies. There is no limit to the number of envelopes customers may takeThe pilot is set for 10 areas across the country, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, but could become a national program this fall if the pilot program proves successful.The Postal Service recycles 1 million tons of paper, plastic and other materials annually. Last year, USPS generated more than $7.5 million in savings through recycling and waste prevention programs. The nation’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Postal Service eight WasteWise Partner of the Year awards, the agency’s top honor.The Mail Back program is another example of the Postal Service’s commitment to sustainability. USPS is the only shipping or mailing company in the nation to receive Cradle to CradleSM Certification from MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) for human and environmental health. More than half a billion packages and envelopes provided by the Postal Service annually are nearly 100 percent recyclable and are produced with the least harmful materials. Based on the recycled content of these envelopes and packages, more than 15,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions (climate change gases) now are prevented annually.“We know our customers are interested in real solutions for proper disposal of personal electronics,” Bizzotto said. “Everyone from consumers to businesses to non-profit organizations use the mail, and the Postal Service works to manage resources wisely to minimize environmental impact.”