Postal Service Increases Waste Diversion to 48 Percent in 2012

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said through recycling programs it diverted 48 percent of its solid waste from landfills in 2012, a 2-percent gain from 2011.

The Washington-based USPS said in a news release that in 2012 it recycled more than 186,000 tons of mixed paper, 35,000 tons of cardboard, 6,000 tons of plastic and 21,000 tons of other consumable products.

Through the reductions, the Postal Service saved more than $25 million in landfill fees and generated $23.8 million in recycling revenue last year.

The USPS participates in America Recycles Day and the Federal Green Challenge to promote waste reduction and recycling at post offices and other facilities year round.


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