USPS earns recycling revenue
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the United States Postal Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, for generating over $28,000 in recycling revenue and avoiding over $49,000 in landfill disposal costs in 2012. The post office achieved this by expanding its recycling and consolidating recyclable materials from 15 post offices within its service area.
They participated in the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), a national effort under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program that challenges federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government’s environmental impact. Federal agencies are recognized through the FGC for outstanding efforts that go beyond regulatory compliance and strive for annual improvements in selected areas.
In 2012, nearly 300 federal facilities, representing 500,000 federal employees, reduced their environmental footprint in several areas, which in many cases resulted in significant cost savings. Some of the accomplishments included diverting more than 360,000 tons of waste, saving over 52 million kilowatts of electricity, saving 488,000 gallons of oil, and reducing potable water usage by 133 million gallons.
These combined efforts resulted in an estimated cost savings of more than $31 million to the U.S. taxpayer.