Leading by example
The Postal Service recently hosted several federal agencies for an event to discuss progress on electronics waste recycling.
USPS participates in the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship, created by President Obama in 2010. The task force’s goal is to protect public health and the environment from the negative impacts of unsafe or improper handling of used electronics.
In addition to participating in the task force, the Postal Service’s USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program is named as an example of government leading by example in the national strategy. At the event, four new agencies committed to participate in the USPS BlueEarth® Federal Recycling program: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Defense and the Peace Corps. The program may now reach a potential of more than 1.7 million eligible federal employees and contractors at 16 agencies, including USPS.
During the event, the group celebrated and discussed their recently-updated national strategy: Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.The work of the task force, and the USPS BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program, is important to ensure the environment is protected from the potential damages of electronic waste, or “e-waste”. The EPA estimates that recycling one million laptops alone saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year.
If you’re an employee at a participating federal agency, you can start recycling your used electronics free of charge through the program today. Visit the federal recycling program page for more information: blueearth.usps.gov/. You can also check out EPA’s resources for electronics recycling here:http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm.