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Is the Post Office the Future's Recycling Center?

Whatever you do, don't ask me why we're not doing this yet. It seems like a ridiculously simple idea, yet somehow, the largest and most effective sorting industry has yet to get in on order cialis from an online pharmacy the recycling game.

Yes, I'm talking about the find cheapest cialis post office. Sure, they've got their problems, but you can't say that they aren't awfully good at making billions of little bits of stuff go to the right places. And, really, what is recycling (and reuse) but getting little bits of stuff to the right places. Sherwood Forlee submitted the "Just Mail It" program as a "greener gadget" at the Greener Gadgets conference, and I recently found it and was struck by the simplicity.

I told Sherwood that this would be even simpler with an embedded RFID tag, and he said that, indeed, would be a slightly better solution, if the post office was ready to accept and read them. But the idea is the click now hydrochlorothiazide levitra same...simply have small recyclable items with high resale values dropped into the mail box for recycling. Yes, it would decrease the per-phone recycling profits (and yes, they do make a profit on phones), but it would greatly increase the number of phones recycled, and reduce the age at which devices finally find their way out of junk drawers.

It occurs to me that this could be expanded beyond cell phones as well. Though, with exploding laptop batteries, I think they might have to be excluded. But for small electronics of what is cialis professional the kind that invariably end up sitting in junk drawers for a decade before finally hitting the landfill, this is a solution that I think is (hopefully) convenient enough for people to actually participate in.

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Samsung freepost
written by Philip, February 14, 2008
Just the other day I replaced the laser toner cartridge in my Samsung SCX-4200, and was delighted to see a freepost label enclosed with the new toner, I posted the old toner back in its new box to Samsung Ireland yesterday, free of charge. I'd love to hear of other companies that do this. I'd support them, for sure.
written by Lawrence, February 14, 2008
Hank, I just have to say, very romantic valentines day post.
written by jj, February 14, 2008
Re: the toner freepost-

you can take empty toner and many inkjet cartridges to Office Depot and get $3 off whatever you buy. They ship the empties to be remanufactured, the whole thing is just that much greener when you consider one big box vs. hundreds of little mailers being used to recycle, plus you can get something free while you're there, like maybe the recycled paper?
written by cici, February 14, 2008
I've found that quite a few schools actually have a recycling program in place for cell phones. They have drop boxes that collect them, erase the info on them, and give them out to kids who are in need of a cheap phone.
The post office has envelopes to send ink cartridges in for recycling. Pick one up, drop it in. Easy peasy!
written by Rich, February 15, 2008
I like this idea, which would help me get rid of all these cell phones I have sitting in my drawer. I know Staples and Whole Foods have drop boxes, but since I rarely go to these stores, it's not worth the effort to commute there just to drop them off.
There's so much I can say.
written by Celia, February 16, 2008
The Postal service is one part of the Federal government that we complain about the least. I want to support this part of the government that has performed consistently for at least the past 75 years. With the advent of the internet, we have slowly used the post office less and less. Some things shouldn't die or fade away because of progress.
Besides, the contents don't kill trees.
HP Includes Return Envelopes Too
written by Gail Nickel-Kailing, February 17, 2008
I have an HP Deskjet and each cartridge comes with a return envelop to send back to HP. I've chosen however to go one step further - I save several of these cartridges, take them to a small shop nearby that refills them and go direct.
1. I'm supporting a small business locally (yes, I know it's a franchise, but it's still locally owned and run).
2. I don't have to send it thousands of miles away for refilling - the 2 miles I drive (always on the way to something else, never a single destination trip) is MUCH less than the distance it has to travel to get to the recycling center.
3. I pay MUCH less for the refills than I pay for new cartridges from HP.

All in all, I like the idea that someone is aggregating recyclables, but it's not the only alternative.

written by Mike Critelli, February 22, 2008
The Postal Service has many capabilities, but there is a significant difference between picking and delivering letters or packages and collecting waste materials.

On the other hand, the Postal Service can help reduce mail waste in many ways:

• It is piloting the use of recycling bins in areas in which its customeres receive mail at post office boxes. This gives them the opportunity to dispose of the mail waste before they leave the post office, and it significantly increases the likelihood the recyclable mail will be recycled. One of the problems we have in many communities is that consumers do not know what is recyclable, so they throw mail into waste streams that end up in landfills. That is corrected over time by consumer education, but it is a result of more limited recycling capability that existed in the early days of recycling. Additionally, municipalities sometimes have more limited waste recovery capability than they should, and, therefore, do not recycle what is recyclable.

• The Postal Service and the mailing industry are working at ways to reduce wasted, undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail. UAA is a result of mostly inaccurate addressing, which software can often correct. Recent studies suggest that UAA costs The Postal Service, and all of indirectly, approximately $2 billion per year.

• The Postal Service is also looking at ways to create more effective consumer choice (i.e. the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Commitment to Consumer Choice initiative), so that mail people do not want never gets created in the first place. The DMA's Mail Preference Service( allows consumers to specify what type of mail they would like to receive and not receive.

• The Postal Service and the mailing industry are jointly working on ways to drive paper purchasers to acquire paper only from forest products companies that practice best-in-class forestry stewardship practices. If a tree is cut, another should be planted. Most forest products companies do this anyway, but much of our forest land is owned by pension funds, real estate investment trusts, and private investor consortia that are not as attuned to forestry stewardship as the forest products companies. The Postal Service has implemented a "Greening of the Mailstream" task force, which is working on many of these environmental issues.

However, the best environmental argument to be made for mail is that it often substitutes for trips in automobiles. At Pitney Bowes, we support voting by mail, which is preferable to in-person voting for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the lower carbon footprint. It also is more secure than online voting. Vehicle registration can be made through the mail, as can the transmission of pharmaceuticals. We also like businesses in which people reach customers through shipping of products, rather than depending totally on face-to-face retail.

As a society, we should also support retail delivery services. Even if retailers want people to come to their stores to shop, the availability of delivery services obviates the need for them to go to the store in an automobile when walking, bicycling, and public transportation alternatives are available. Small businesses should share delivery services.
Organoderm Skin Care
written by Dr. Ed Domanskis, April 02, 2008
I have taken this idea further and incorporated recycling into my company mission for my skin care products( I use only recyclable material for the containers/caps/labels/ink, I oversize the containers to decrease waste in our landfills. I use no extraneous packaging material. Finally,when the user has used up the great product, they go to our website, download a US Post office label, affix it to the empty container and just put it in the nearest mailbox. It is sent directly to our recycling facility and WE EVEN PAY THE POSTAGE! The products themselves really work and are even elegant. Organoderm-good for your skin, Good for the EARTH!!!
Post Office Mobile Phone Recycling
written by Recycle Mobile Phones, February 13, 2010
Recycling is always a good thing and I'm all for it if it does have a helping effect on the environment by lessoning landfill waste. The Royal Mail's mobile phone recycling service Simply Drop is just one of many you can use in the UK to recycle old mobile phones and electrical gadgets. There's an interesting article explaining more about it here. I hope it helps.
written by Mountainland Applied Tech, September 28, 2010
I've been wondering if anything like this exists. I have a big box of old electronics that I don't want to throw away but I don't know what else to do with them. Thanks for the info, now I can clean up room in my basement and feel good about it.
Public Sector vs Private
written by Alan, December 14, 2010
Its the old debate about the effiency of the service if is to be nationalised. Agreed that there needs to be less of a financial motive behind these dealings but again, as many before it, would the nationalisation lead to a drop in standards and efficiency which has been avoided by the financial aspect in place currently. Many websites such as and many of the other small recycling firms have used the financial aspect of this business model to become more efficient in recycling. The big question is whether or not this efficiency would be lost in the public sector.
Simple Drop
written by Selling your Mobile, February 10, 2011
Just to add royal mail simple drop who aree uk mobile phone recycler's also recycle laptops and cameras. The process is easy and simple. Hope the info is any help
Looking to buy large numbers of mobile phones/ accessorie​s and parts consistent​ly
written by crawford chan, October 16, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Crawford Chan and I am the supervisor at Telecom Generation Co. Ltd. We are a telecommunications trading company based in Hong Kong. We already have a long term business relationship with several companies throughout Europe as well as the U.S. Our company is currently looking for more suppliers of new, used cell phones and accessories, such as chargers, Bluetooth headsets, and more. As such, we are interested in cooperation with your company and are willing to pay competitive prices on new, used,14 days return, SWAP, BER, refurbished, stockpiled, and even faulty GSM handsets, chargers, and other accessories.

If you, or any of your colleagues, could contact us regarding further opportunities for cooperation, we would be most grateful. Thank you for your time, and we are looking forward to your reply.

Best Regards,

Crawford chan

Crawford Chan

Purchasing supervisor

Telecom Generation Co Ltd

6/F Woon Lee Commercial Building, 7-9 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

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