Earth Day

2013 sustainability

Today, people around the world are showing their support of environmental protection by celebrating Earth Day. The Postal Service also celebrates this important cause each and every day.

On average, the Postal Service recycles more than 250,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics and other materials annually, the equivalent of reducing 250,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent. USPS is also working to make recycling an easy-to-use component of sustainability efforts at other federal agencies as well.

Last year, the U.S. Postal Service launched an innova­tive new program to assist federal agencies to recycle on a national level. The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program allows customer agencies and their employees (including USPS employees) to repurpose and recycle qualified end-of-life products free of charge.

The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program makes recycling easy enough for every federal location to participate.

“The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program does not require federal agencies to replace any of their existing recycling programs. It can easily sup­plement recycling programs already in place,” said Tom Day, chief sustainability officer for the U.S. Postal Service.

The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program is free (no shipping or disposition costs) to every federal agency.

The program provides solutions in two ways:

  • A recycling program for federal agencies on a national level for government equipment, such as ink jet and toner cartridges and small electronics shipped via USPS from a government location.
  • A recycling program for federal agency employees on a national level for disposal of their personal prop­erty, such as ink jet and toner cartridges and small electronics shipped via USPS from the employee’s home.

The BlueEarth program is one of many ways the Postal Service is working to reduce the environmental impact of operations.

Today may be Earth Day, but in reality, every day is a good day to focus on protecting the environment. Be sure to do your part to help protect the environment by reducing waste, recycling, and reusing equipment.

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