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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 Omega215D on 3/18/2008 10:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
This is college applications time for my sister and we're getting loads of mail from different colleges. Sure there are websites for them but a nice booklet is much better in getting to know the school better.

I also enjoy getting MaximumPC in the mail along with my motorcycle magazines. A Victoria's Secret catalog is always welcome.

Another thing to note is that the USPS is the only service allowed for military, UPS and DHL cannot go to bases or camps on the other side of the world (I worked for UPS and I was told we could not ship anything that contained military addresses).


RE: clarification
By FITCamaro on 3/19/2008 8:25:11 AM , Rating: 2
As far as the Victoria Secret catalog is concerned, a computer screen wipes off easier. ;)

Just kidding. It's good to have a girlfriend who says things like "We should never go without sex that long again" after less than 48 hours since the last time. :)


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