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.