This is super cool and long overdue: Los Angeles is part of a pilot program launched yesterday, called “Mail Back.” In an effort to help people discard used or obsolete small electronics and cartridges in an environmentally responsible way, the program provides free, postage-paid envelopes for mailing back “inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players.” There’s absolutely no cost to the customer, and the items are recycled. The Mail Back envelopes are available at displays in Post Office lobbies, and if the pilot program proves successful, it could go national this fall.
The program was launched by the U.S. Postal Service and is being paid for by Clover Technologies Group, “a nationally recognized company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges and small electronics. If the electronic item or cartridges cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled.”