As federal government employees upgrade their electronic devices and products, the outdated models may be improperly discarded, harming the environment. With some of these federal agencies located in remote locations and no available local recycling facilities available, USPS saw an opportunity to increase correct recycling of electronic devices and equipment from federal agencies and their staff’s households
In this framework, USPS launched the BlueEarth™ Federal Recycling Program, which has two main components:
- A recycling programme for federal government agencies for official equipment at the agency location, with customised metrics and monitoring reports
- A recycling programme for federal government agency employees for disposal of their personal property from office or home
A USPS-designated certified recycling provider funds the postage costs required to transport the unwanted, unused electronic devices and products by US Mail from federal government agencies’ locations to the USPS-designated certified recycling provider.
Based on results to date, USPS finds the programme to be successful. It provides an effective recycling model to USPS’s partners and customers in federal government agencies. Currently five federal agencies are participating and another 20 agencies are in the queue, further increasing revenue and environmental benefits