Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Recycling Through The Mail

The U.S. Postal Service has launched a pilot program providing customers with an eco-friendly way to dispose of outdated items.

Postage-free envelopes are available at the test offices for you to send in old cell phones, personal data assistants, MP3 players, ink jet cartridges and other small electronic items.

The tests are under way in California, Chicago, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and Baltimore. The USPS hopes to take this program nation-wide in the fall.

Clover Technologies Group pays the postage and then remanufactures and remarkets the items. If the item cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled.

3 comments:

Aunt LoLo said...

I'm not sure if it's country wide, but here in the Pacific NW, Costco has free recycling of ANYTHING. You print out the UPS mailing labels, pack up your old items...then then it's the same as the program you described. I'm sending a computer back! The information is on the Costco.com website.

Alana said...

Escrip does that as well. Our MOPS group actually gets money for sending it in. I'm not sure if that is on for not for profit or what, but it is a good deal!

How is life with baby?

Lynn from organicmania.com said...

Great idea! Thanks for the post...I can't believe you are blogging through baby...I didn't check email for so long after baby that I lost congratulatory emails which AOL automatically deleted as "old!"