USPS Expands Electronics Recycling Program

Postal Service now offers recycling at more than 3,000 locations.

September 28, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has expanded its electronics recycling program to 3,100 retail locations

“The U.S. Postal Service is making recycling your old cell phone quicker and easier than ever before,” says Gary Reblin, vice president of domestic products with the USPS. “We’ve expanded this recycling program to offer more consumers the opportunity to protect the environment and put some money in their pocket at the same time and with USPS.”

The USPS will work with MaxBack, an electronics recycling company that specializes in buying back and recycling unwanted electronics.

Interested parties can find more information on the program by visiting

If MaxBack does not offer money for a device, free envelopes will be available at participating USPS locations to make it easy for customers to ship used small electronics (cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras or used ink jet cartridges) for recycling.

Cell phones and electronics that are damaged and unusable are remanufactured or recycled by MaxBack’s parent company, Environmental Reclamation Services (ERS), a reverse-logistics company owned by Clover Technologies Group Inc. ERS, headquartered in Erie, Pa., provides recycling services for printer cartridges and small electronics.

“The U.S. Postal Service has a strong commitment to be a sustainability leader,” says USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day. “Our network infrastructure and logistical capability to deliver to every residence and business in the U.S. make the Postal Service a logical partner with a premiere recycler like to maximize this green initiative.”