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U.S. Postal Service to Recycle Electronics

According to the EPA, Americans discard about 2 million pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) every year, but that’s nothing compared to the 50 million pounds that are produced by the entire world.

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To battle the e-waste problem, the U.S. Postal Service is working with recycling company Clover Technologies Group to develop a free national collection program for small electronics.

The Program

This would be the first ever national electronics recycling program in America.

The program would provide pre-paid envelopes to people to send in their unwanted electronics, like cell phones and cameras. Then Clover Technologies would refurbish and resell them.

If the program works, it would dramatically cut down or even discontinue our shipping of e-waste to developing countries.

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Apparently the e-waste that is shipped to developing countries is either stripped for parts and then dumped into the ocean, or it is burned as fuel, emitting hazardous toxins into the air.

You can read the entire article here.

Not only would the program reduce U.S. shipping prices and encourage people to recycle, but it would also reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

Right now the program is on trial in Chicago and Los Angeles, collecting only certain electronic devices. If it works, it will hopefully spread to other cities.

Let’s cross our fingers.

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