I was amazed to read that the US Postal Service would be adding 4,000 recycling bins next to PO boxes across the country to make recycling of junk mail easier. Not because its that shocking an idea, but because it seems so surprising that the bins weren’t in place already. Last year, USPS announced free recycling of small electronic items through the mail, but it took them until now to install recycling bins for paper?
I’ve been thinking about this issue for a while for my apartment building. There is no trash or recycling bin in the mail room, and the junk mail inevitably gets left on the shelf, from which it eventually magically disappears. What does the super do with it? And how many people actually recycle in their apartment? If we put a recycling bin in the mail room, this could help remind people to recycle all those catalogs and other junk mail we receive. Just like in the post office, it seems like a no-brainer. But then someone has to empty the recycling bin….