Postal waste doesn’t only take the form of paper waste. Improper disposal of postal waste can be harmful to human health and the environment. Learning how to properly remove postal materials you no longer use can have positive impacts.
Paper is the most obvious form of waste produced by mailing systems. With modern recycling, paper waste is the easiest to deal with. Recycling paper, while a small task, can make a big impact. Remember to recycle your paper waste when your postal needs have been met and supplies have been used!
Electronics can be harder to deal with than paper waste. Not everyone knows how to handle used electronics. There are different measures for sustainability that the USPS has found to be helpful in dealing with electronics.
If you lease a postage meter and your lease is up, you don’t need to worry about this. Major companies such as Pitney Bowes and Neopost will allow you to drop off your meter or offer pick up services, depending on your contract. The company then deals with the old machines, making your job easier and saving you and your employees time.
Ink cartridges can be recycled by major retailers or third-party buyers. Recycled ink cartridges can be reused after going through an extensive cleaning process in which any remaining ink is removed, water is run through the interior, and additional steps are made to ensure the cartridge is prepared to be refilled and reused.
Your business can benefit from this process, too! Recycled ink cartridges can be sold for cheaper than OEM versions from major vendors. Consider making the switch next time you run out of ink!