Postal Blue is Going Green

POSTAL BLUE

is getting greener

The Postal Service is working hard to put its stamp on a greener tomorrow for the many communities we serve. Postal carriers deliver mail using alternative fuel vehicles, on foot and even on bicycles. The 2020 energy reduction in postal buildings equated to powering more than 36,000 U.S. homes and the Postal Service is expanding solar powered facilities in 2021.

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Postal Service recycling

277,994 tons

recycled paper, plastic, etc

In 2021, the Postal Service recycled 176,416 tons of mixed paper, 78,044 tons of cardboard, 4293 tons of plastic, 2733 tons of metal, 895 tons of electronic equipment and more. The combined total of all solid waste recycled in 2021 was 277,994 tons.

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The Postal Service is an environmental leader. We believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.

  • The USPS National Recycling Operation uses our existing transportation network to backhaul recyclables, particularly mixed paper, from Post Offices to central collection hubs for consolidation.
  • In 2021, the Postal Service recycled 176,416 tons of mixed paper, 78,044 tons of cardboard, 4293 tons of plastic, 2733 tons of metal, 895 tons of electronic equipment and more. The combined total of all solid waste recycled in 2021 was 277,994 tons.
  • The Postal Service collaborates with large mailers to securely process and destroy undeliverable-as-addressed or return-to-sender First-Class Mail with its USPS BlueEarth Secure Destruction mail service. This is a win-win. The program helps reduce mailing industry carbon impact and reduces costs. In 2021, the Postal Service securely processed and recycled 111.76 million pieces of mail.
  • The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program transports and recycles used electronics for federal agencies with no shipping or item disposition costs. This free program is available to all federal agencies and federal employees. Thirty-seven U.S. federal agencies are enrolled in this sustainable mail service program and in 2021 recycled 268,745 pounds and refurbished 188,501 pounds of inkjet/toner cartridges and small electronics.

25,755 solar panels

25,755

solar panels

Sunny times ahead. The Postal Service has a solar power generation system consisting of more than 25,755 solar panels at its Los Angeles mail processing facility. This expands the Postal Service's use of alternative energy and makes the processing facility one of the largest buildings generating electricity through solar energy in the city.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #376 | February 28, 2022

Goal to reduce energy

25% less

by 2025

The Postal Service has a goal to reduce energy used per square foot of building space by 25 percent by 2025.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #372 | March 4, 2021

Top 13 Things: Greener than you think

Sustainable

Forestry Initiative

Greener than you think. Our Priority Mail boxes meet Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council certification standards. This means the paper for those boxes comes from well-managed forests. In addition, the boxes include at least 30-percent recycled content and as an additional bonus, they’re free!

* | Tags: Common good Top facts USPS Fact #599 | March 1, 2022