Our hats go off to the U.S. Postal Service. The federal agency announced today that they are launching a pilot program that will allow customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.According to the USPS press release 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.
The pilot is currently available in 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.
I love that slowly but surely we will all be forced to minimize environmental impact. Large organizations are making it easier and easier to help save the planet.
Do you guys know of any similar programs taking place around the world?