With last month’s release of the iPhone 5, consumers worldwide are scrambling to get their hands on Apple’s most recent creation. With over 5 million new iPhones sold during the initial launch weekend alone, many consumers may now find themselves in a new predicament: “What do I do with my old phone?” While there are many options at your disposal, the United States Post Office has recently launched a new program that invites Americans to recycle their small electronic devices.
With the launch of this electronics recycling program, consumers will not only be able to recycle their electronic waste, but actually receive cash for the value of their items. According to Waste360:
The Postal Service is working with MaxBack, an electronics recycling company that specializes in recycling unwanted electronics or buying them back. The USPS adds that shipping is free.
The USPS has a website, www.usps.com/ship/recycle-through-usps.htm, where consumers can search for their electronic device, receive a quote and mail the product. Once MaxBack receives the item, they’ll inspect it and send cash in return.
Even if the product has no refund value, free recycling mail-back envelopes are available for customers from participating USPS locations to ship their small used electronics, such as cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players, digital cameras or used ink jet cartridges.
In previous blogs, we have noted the dangers of E-waste, the scraps and remnants of obsolete digital technology. E-waste is different from other recyclable materials because it often contains harmful chemicals and materials. This new program from the USPS will offers Americans a convenient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their obsolete devices, and possibly earn a little money in the process.
To learn how you can recycle your electronics with the United States Postal Service, visit the USPS website here: https://www.usps.com/ship/recycle-through-usps.htm
Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Austin McKinney.
October 10th, 2012
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