The U.S. Postal Service makes it simple to recycle old electronics for cash

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Getting rid of old electronic devices has become a business in itself. There are countless companies popping up across North America, offering kiosks and mail-in services to help you trade in that old cellphone for cash. But it looks like the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) also wants to get in on this process.

The organization has expanded the availability of a recycling program to 3,100 retail locations, meaning customers can trade in their old electronic gadgets for cash.

“The U.S. Postal Service is making recycling your old cell phone quicker and easier than ever before,” said Gary Reblin, vice president of Domestic Products. “We’ve expanded this recycling program to offer more consumers the opportunity to protect the environment and put some money in their pocket at the same time and with USPS, the shipping is free.”

The Postal Service is working with MaxBack. That’s an electronics recycling company, which specializes in reducing waste that ends up in landfills. It does this by either buying back or simply recycling unwanted electronics.

You can visit www.usps.com/ship/recycle-through-usps.htm and follow four easy steps to find out how much your old cell phone is worth and to see if your items qualify for instant cash:

  1. Search for your cell phone or electronic device
  2. Receive an instant quote and accept
  3. Mail it FREE via USPS Priority Mail
  4. Once MaxBack receives your item, they’ll inspect it and then send you your cash

And let’s just say your old cell phone, PDA or digital camera is useless and not worth a dime. That’s okay because you can still mail-in your device for the good of the environment — at no cost to you. The USPS says free recycling mail-back envelopes are available at participating postal outlets.

Cell phones and electronics that are damaged and unusable are then re-manufactured or recycled by MaxBack’s parent company Environmental Reclamation Services (ERS).

This isn’t the first time the Postal Service has operated on a “green” slant. The organization has won numerous environmental honors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WasteWise Partner of the Year award in 2010 and 2011. Also in 2011, the USPS won the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities award.