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Pilot program in 10 cities and 1,500 Post offices nationwide could see use across the country

Many 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 charge.

Clover 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.

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Self serving
By mattclary on 3/18/2008 2:15:40 PM , Rating: 1
Of course they will take stuff they can in turn make money from! Wonder if they will be willing to take this old dead Pentium III motherboard I have?

RE: Self serving
By thornburg on 3/18/2008 2:47:00 PM , Rating: 3
Of course they will take stuff they can in turn make money from! Wonder if they will be willing to take this old dead Pentium III motherboard I have?

Recycling things you can profit from is better than not recycling anything.

Keeping all those PDAs, cell phones and MP3 players out of landfills is a very good thing.

Of course your point that useless electronics need a way to be recycled is quite valid also.

RE: Self serving
By Oregonian2 on 3/18/2008 3:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, quite. The stuff they're taking is the small lightweight stuff. How many ink cartridges do they have to take to be "equally green" as compared to taking a single 32" CRT TV (Sony had my old one taken free at a local place for recycling, and it's 156 lbs). I've got several more TV's (smaller though) that I'd recycle now if I didn't have to pay big bucks for a recycling place (that I still have to drive to) to take it. They're not Sony's so I couldn't use their deal. So, it's all good, but not exactly terrific. Especially that at least one of the Office stores will take cartridges back too (think they'll give a credit, but maybe that was something else) -- at least for the small stuff.

RE: Self serving
By bhieb on 3/18/2008 5:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wait we can throw this stuff out? I just keep it all forever in "that" closet.

/sarcasm (sort of as I do have a ton of electronice I just cannot bear to throw away)

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