BlueEarth programs

Postal blue

goes green

We help our customers reduce waste, increase recycling and improve their carbon footprint through our BlueEarth programs.

* | Tags: Sustainability USPS Fact #399 | February 6, 2019

Postal blue goes green

We help our customers reduce waste, increase recycling and improve their carbon footprint through our BlueEarth programs.

The BlueEarth Secure Destruction mail service allows mailers to have First-Class letter and flat mail that can’t be delivered automatically intercepted and destroyed securely at a postal facility — for no additional charge — instead of being returned to the sender.

The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program transports and recycles used electronics for federal agencies with no shipping or item disposition costs.

The USPS BlueEarth Product Carbon Accounting service continues to grow. It provides large commercial customers a customized statement of carbon emissions associated with the customer’s mailings.

In addition to our BlueEarth programs, the Postal Service works with suppliers to maximize the use of recycled content materials in the manufacturing of stamps, postcards and packaging.

Recycle bins are available at many Post Office lobbies nationwide so customers can recycle their read mail.

And, the USPS National Recycling Operation uses existing transportation to backhaul recyclables from Post Offices to distribution centers for consolidation and diversion from landfill to recycling.

Each year, the Postal Service releases an Annual Sustainability Report. Information on the Postal Service’s sustainability efforts can be found at usps.com/green.