Reducing E-Waste for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Reducing ewaste

With each passing year, smarter, more powerful phones, computers, and other gadgets replace yesterday’s older technology. Such rapid improvements often encourage users to upgrade to the latest capabilities of the new devices. As they do, their older electronics become an artifact of the past, often discarded to make way for the flashier units. The potentially harmful effects such items could have on the environment has one organization determined to lead the way in e-waste recycling.

In 2012, the Postal Service recycled more than 1,200 tons of e-waste material. That an impressive accomplishment, but only a fraction of its overall recycling effort. USPS also recycled another 250,000 in other materials. Not only did the effort by employees aid in protecting the environment, it also generated additional revenue for the Postal Service and helped reduce landfill fees.

Recycling personal electronics is also aided with the MaxBack program. The joint partnership between the MaxBack electronics recycler and the Postal Service allows an individual with an old phone or other small device to send the item in for free recycling. The sender may also be eligible for a cash back payment depending on the device.

Given the importance of providing a more sustainable partnership with the Earth, programs like those provided by the Postal Service could be the key to ensuring a brighter future for the citizens of tomorrow.

What other recycling efforts do you think the Postal Service could incorporate into its sustainability initiative?

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

     /  June 12, 2013

    Don’t buy computers that will never be used….

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