USPS ponders national E-recycling, solicits industry partner

The U.S. Postal Service is gauging whether any vendors are interested in co-sponsoring a nationwide recycling program for computer and telecommunications equipment.

In a recent request for information, the Postal Service said several retail locations across the country have participated in pilot 'e-cycling' programs since 1999, and it is considering launching its own national program with industry support.

'The ideal solution would allow consumers and small businesses to safely and effectively dispose of their obsolete materials in the most convenient and cost-effective manner possible,' the RFI said. 'The program would be co-marketed by USPS and its selected partner(s), with the objective of meeting financial and/or corporate citizenship objectives.'

At this point, the Postal Service envisions hosting the program through its nearly 38,000 retail locations, 300,000 collection boxes and 290,000 letter carriers.

The program will target collection and return of ink jet and laser toner cartridges, cellular phones and, at some point, computer hardware and electronics, the RFI said.

Interested vendors must reply by March 10.

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