Postal Service recycling

177,612

tons of paper

In 2018, the Postal Service recycled 177,612 tons of paper, 39,792 tons of cardboard and 5,537 tons of plastic.

* | Tags: Sustainability USPS Fact #534 | February 7, 2019

Consider this: If each piece of recycled paper was a standard letter envelope, that would equate to 852.2 miles, which is more than 3.5 times the distance to the moon or more than 34 times around the Earth.

And about that plastic, most of it was shrink wrap equal to more than 103 miles of plastic film — enough to cover all of Manhattan three times or 448,948 football fields.