Because white people like to recycle, and I am white, I think this is totally awesome. Launched nearly a month ago without telling me, the “Mail Back” program allows people to mail small appliances and inkjet cartridges to be recycled rather than thrown in the dump. For free! The USPS has partnered with Clover Technologies Group to provide this service, “empowering consumers to go green”. Just stop by your local post office, pick up one of their Mail Back envelopes, stick any small electronic devices in there that you no longer need, and plop it in the nearest mailbox.
So if you have any old inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods or MP3 players, don’t put them in a blender just for fun, don’t throw them off your roof deck to see what happens, and don’t give them as gifts to your friends and say, “What? It doesn’t work? Damn, and I already threw the receipt away.” Instead, send them in. According to their press release, “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.”
Can I get a “Whooooaaaaah green!?”
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