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USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program

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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

 

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  1. Drew Martin

    Hopefully, the USPS’ recycling programs will soon include proper disposal of flourscent lamps, which most facilities go through rather quickly, and few recycle due to the difficulty and expense of doing so. The truth is, lots of these bulbs end up in the dumpster/landfill, while the valuable gases they contained are lost to the atmosphere.
    Drew Martin, Postmaster
    West Jefferson, NC

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  2. Frank Vassell

    Every effort is needed to reduce consumption of electronics through obsolescense. Repair, reuse, repurpose, and recycle before final landfill disposal. The United States Postal Service can be an awareness driver in assuring the lengthened life cycle of its electronics tthrough intial contract negotaitions and design phases. Urge manufacturers to supply only components that are likely to be used. Every new computer supplied comes with a power cord. I contend that the USPS possesses so many power cords that purchase of another cord would never be needed as long as the company exists.

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