US POSTAL SRVC WANTS YOUR EMPTY CTGS

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US POSTAL SRVC WANTS YOUR EMPTY CTGS

 user 2006-03-09 at 12:40:00 pm Views: 62
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    Postal
    Service eyes e-waste recycling, seeks industry partner Old cell phones
    and printer cartridges could be dropped off at post offices

    (SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE)

    march, 2006   – The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering a partnership with one or more
    companies to create a nationwide e-waste recycling program.
    In
    a request for proposals, the USPS said the program would allow
    consumers and small businesses to safely and conveniently dispose of
    obsolete equipment, which would initially include ink-jet and laser
    toner cartridges and cell phones. Other items such as computer
    hardware, peripheral devices and household electronics could be added
    later or collected periodically, the agency said in its request
    (download document). The main purpose of the initiative is to generate
    revenue for the USPS.
    The Postal Service said it would offer the
    service through its approximately 38,000 retail locations, 300,000
    collection boxes and 290,000 letter carriers. Post office lobbies could
    be used to promote the program, as collection points for e-waste or for
    distribution of packaging and labels used for return shipments, the
    USPS said.
    Since 1999, a select number of the agency’s retail
    locations have participated in a trial program to recycle used ink-jet
    printer cartridges. Under that program, a user can purchase prepaid,
    preaddressed shipping envelopes at a participating post office, enclose
    the cartridge in the envelope and send it to a recycling facility. The
    envelope and the cost of the return shipment are paid for by the
    recycling partner, the USPS said. The plan is to replace the trial
    effort with a permanent e-recycling program.
    The USPS said it’s
    primarily looking for a partner that would agree to be charged for
    shipments initiated by a customer using the Postal Service’s returns
    service. The partner would also take possession of the returned goods
    or contract with another company to do so.
    The Postal Service said
    it would also look at other business models, including charging
    customers returning the goods for postage and/or other fees. However,
    the agency said this model might slow adoption of the program.
    Companies have until March 10 to respond to the USPS’s request for proposals.