USPS Post Office Box Lobby Recycling program
|Founded||October 28, 2008|
|Number of locations||over 8,064
(as of April 2010)
The Post Office Box Lobby Recycling program is a project of the United States Postal Service (USPS) that was created on October 28, 2008 for consumers to recycle paper items, using recycling bins placed in the customer lobbies of post office buildings. Some of the goals of the program are to reduce the amount of paper waste going to landfills, which helps to reduce the consumption of fiber from trees used for paper production and greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste disposal. USPS receives revenue from selling the material, and no tax dollars are used to fund the project. USPS was reported as having recycled over 200,000 tons of waste in 2009, including paper, plastics and other waste.
Some U.S. post offices do not participate in the program, and sometimes recycle paper items independently of the program, in bins in their employee work areas. Some reasons for non-participation include building space constraints and limited personnel at some U.S. post offices. At some post offices, mail received that is undeliverable is recycled. Some U.S. post offices (as of 2010) do not recycle whatsoever.
The program uses secure, locked bins that have a narrow slot opening to maintain privacy and thwart the potential of discarded mail being tampered with. If someone accidentally drops an item into the slot, they cannot reach in to retrieve it; instead, they must contact a postal worker for access.
- Environmental issues in the United States
- Paper recycling
- Recycling in the United States
- Waste minimisation
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- The bins are separate receptacles as locked containers.
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