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Postal Blue goes green

BlueEarth® logoOur Sustainability Brand

  • The Postal Service launched the BlueEarth® Secure Destruction mail service nationwide in 2014. The relatively new and innovative sustainable mail service allows mailers to have First-Class Mail that is undeliverable, automatically intercepted and destroyed securely at a postal facility, for no additional charge, instead of being returned to the sender.
  • The USPS BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program continued to transport and recycle used electronics for federal agencies with no shipping or item disposition costs.
  • Use of the USPS BlueEarth® Product Carbon Accounting service continued to grow in 2016. The service provides large commercial customers a customized statement of carbon emissions associated with the customer’s mailings.
  • The Postal Service works with suppliers to maximize the use of recycled content materials in the manufacturing of stamps, postcards and packaging. Customers can get Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes and envelopes from the Postal Service at no charge, in Post Offices or online.
  • Postal customers can recycle their read mail at the Post Office. More than 22,000 secure recycle bins are available at nearly 12,000 Post Office lobbies. The Postal Service makes it easy for customers to recycle. Look in the Post Office lobby for the container labeled: “READ, RESPOND, RECYCLE.”
  • The USPS National Recycling Operation utilizes our existing unique transportation network to backhaul recyclables from post offices to distribution centers for consolidation and diversion from landfill to recycling.
  • Customers can skip the trip to the Post Office and reduce their carbon footprints! Using the Postal Service website, customers can order boxes, envelopes, postage and schedule package pick-ups. Customers also can use the USPS Mobile app too. Skipping a trip saves time and is a smart choice for the Earth.
  • Every year the Postal Service releases an Annual Sustainability Report reflecting performance in the previous year. See more at For more information on the Postal Service’s sustainability efforts, go to
  • The Postal Service released a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The plan addresses steps being taken now to ensure a more resilient Postal Service and focuses on employees, infrastructure, and fleet. It can be found at:

Conserving Energy

  • Between 2003 and 2015, the Postal Service reduced overall building-related energy consumption by 32 percent.
  • The Postal Service operates a fleet of more than 48,000 alternative fuel-capable vehicles, most of which are equipped to use ethanol. There are electric, compressed natural gas, liquid propane gas vehicles in the fleet as well.
  • More than 75,000 letter carriers drive to neighborhoods and then deliver the mail on foot. More than 7,100 deliver solely on foot.
  • Mail is delivered by bicycle on select routes in Arizona and Florida, reducing emissions and saving fuel.
  • Two-ton electric vehicles have been delivering mail in New York City since 2001.
  • The Postal Service has one of the largest green roofs in New York City, totaling 109,000 square feet, nearly 2.5 acres. Green roofs save energy and can contribute to better water quality. The Postal Service’s second green roof is in Syracuse, NY. Designed to conserve water and energy, the new roof has been built at no cost to the Postal Service, thanks to an innovative collaboration with Onondaga County, NY.
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