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We've made reducing waste a top priority and we've got big plans for tomorrow: greener choices with the U.S. Postal Service®

We recycle. a lot.

About 220,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics, and other materials were recycled in 2008 through nationwide recycling and waste prevention programs.

We buy and use recycled materials.

We purchase more than $200 million worth of products containing recycled content each year. Many of the containers in our mail system are made from recycled materials, and so are the stamped envelopes, post cards, stamp booklet covers, and packaging materials we provide.

We provide recyclable products.

The adhesives used in our stamps are biodegradable, and our Priority Mail® and Express Mail® boxes and envelopes are Cradle-to-CradleCM certified. So they can go right in the recycling bin.

We reuse old materials.

Through various continued successful partnerships, we’ve facilitated reuse or recovery of overstock and outdated electronic equipment, saving tons of potential landfill waste.