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Why is there no recycle bin for paper at the main post office?

John Peaspanen

There is no federal mandate to recycle at the post offices, but the option might be coming to Wilmington soon.

According to George T. Maffett, Jr., manager of field communications for the United States Postal Service, there is currently no recycling bin at the Wilmington post office.

“I have been in contact with the Wilmington, NC, Postmaster (Dean Roberts) and we are working with our Department of Sustainability to determine the feasibility of placing our recycling containers in the Wilmington lobby,” said Maffett. “There are some logistics to work out before we can proceed, but we are moving in that direction.”

Maffett continued, “The recycling project was a pilot program that I believe recently went national. I’m seeing a rollout in conjunction with Earth Day 2012. We now have more than 11,500 offices participating.”

To date, the only post offices in North Carolina that have recycling bins are in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.

USPS recycled an estimated 220,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics, and other materials in 2008 through nationwide recycling and waste prevention programs. In addition, USPS purchases more than $200 million worth of products containing recycled content each year.

For more information on the postal service’s recycling effort, visit their “Green” page at http://www.USPS.com.


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2 Responses to “ Why is there no recycle bin for paper at the main post office?”

  1. On October 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm Jeanne wrote:

    Just wondering – why would it be necessary to have a mandate for recycling when it is just the RIGHT thing to do? Also, there are other sites that have recycle bins i.e. the Post Office in Morganton, NC.

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