• Project Title:
  • Sustainability - National Recycling Program
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, September 11, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • March 2018

The Postal Service generates thousands of tons of solid waste every month. Contractors are  paid to pick up and haul the waste to landfills, where the facility operators impose additional charges. Recycling is aimed at diverting a substantial portion of the solid waste stream from the landfills to third-party recyclers who are  willing to pay the Postal Service for the materials.

In fiscal year (FY) 2013, the Postal Service created the National Recycling Program to standardize its recycling activities to minimize cost and maximize value with full network implementation by FY 2018. This effort includes establishment of designated service area recycling hubs, such as in processing and distribution centers (P&DCs), to consolidate post office mixed paper recyclables generated throughout a district. After the Postal Service transports the mixed paper recyclables to the P&DCs, the participating facilities then implement  standardized recycling/trash collection practices to minimize waste and costs.

Our objective  is to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service National Recycling Program  and the promotion of the program.

We invite you to answer the following questions in our comment section below:

  • Is the National Recycling Program generating greater mixed paper recycling at Postal Service facilities?
  • Should cardboard be included in the National Recycling Program?
  • Is the Postal Service promoting the National Recycling Program to employees as well as customers? 
  • How important is it to customers that the Postal Service recycles and “goes green”?
The most direct way to report fraud, waste, misconduct within the Postal Service is via our Hotline form

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