The United States Postal Service (USPS) has instituted a new pilot program whereby they will take small electronics, cellular phones and inkjet cartridges, for free, and recycle them. This is pretty cool! Previously it was always a hassle to find somewhere to recycle these small electronic devices and, in most cases, it was easier to just throw them in the trash than to call all over town to find a facility willing to take them. The great thing about the new USPS program is the simplicity of it. All you have to do is put the device into an envelope (provided by the post office for free) and then drop it into the mail.
An example of the types of products you can recycle through this method: Inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Cell Phones, Digital Cameras, iPods, MP3 Players.
Since the components are recycled and reused, they don’t end up in landfills and this actually helps the environment. You can find the envelopes for free in any Post Office and you can take as many as you’d like. Be sure to keep some on hand for ease of use the next time you need to dispose of a broken technology item.
The pilot is set for 10 areas across the country, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, but could become a national program this fall if the pilot program proves successful.