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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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RE: clarification
By Moishe on 3/18/2008 4:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately this is another governmental waste of money.

Anything "free" from the government is in fact not free, but it is paid for by the citizens. The reason government is so inefficient is because the money is viewed as being "free" and it not held to the same level of account.

The Postal Service is not excelling at it's primary function and it has no business trying to waste our tax dollars on something else that many of us don't want.


RE: clarification
By isorfir on 3/18/2008 4:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Moishe:
quote:
Unfortunately this is another governmental waste of money.


Article:
quote:
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.


Me:
quote:
Umm...


RE: clarification
By bhieb on 3/18/2008 5:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
Are you high????

It is free to us, not the USPS. They are getting postage from the recycle company. Mailings have been in a downward spiral (due primarily to email/internet), so any new mailer is ALWAYS a good thing for the USPS even at discounted rates.

Oh and one more thing, the USPS has been self-funded since 1983 (with an exception to the anthrax scare of 9/11), so if they offered free postcards tomorrow it would not cost the US citizen anything (until they go under and we have to
bail them out).

http://postcom.org/public/worksharing/facts.pdf


RE: clarification
By FITCamaro on 3/19/2008 8:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Anything "free" from the government is in fact not free, but it is paid for by the citizens.


Too bad people who are for universal healthcare forget that.


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