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Recycling change

Inkjet, toner cartridges affected

Used toner and inkjet cartridges will be temporarily removed from the list of accepted products on

The USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program is revising its eligible recyclable products list on and is temporarily removing inkjet and toner cartridges from those products accepted as of Oct. 18.

This move is the result of a recycling supplier unexpectedly withdrawing from the recycling market.

The Office of Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability and Supply Management are developing new processes for handling used ink and toner cartridges.

Planning is underway to return these items to the list as soon as possible, and more information will be made available on interim guidance concerning the recycling of these products.

The Postal Service annually diverts more than 277,000 tons of waste — including paper, cardboard, plastic and other materials — from landfills as part of the organization’s commitment to sustainability and green initiatives.

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