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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
    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

    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
    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.”