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Leaders from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration, and U.S. Postal Service, along with electronics industry stakeholders, held a meeting last August to discuss progress on the National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship and participation in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program.

Following president Obama’s 2010 call for a taskforce on electronics stewardship, Federal agencies, in collaboration with other country’s governments, academia and the electronics industry, started a collaborative effort to establish a sustainable electronics stewardship strategy. Involved federal agencies have achieved many of the goals set out in the 2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. These accomplishments are outlined in Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.

The U.S. Postal Service BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program is available to participating federal agencies and their employees to send used electronics through the mail to a certified electronics recycler at no cost to the agencies. In 2013, approximately 973,000 federal employees and contractors were eligible to participate in the USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program. With the recent participation of additional agencies, the program may now reach a potential of more than 1.7 million eligible federal employees and contractors.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News