USPS: New option available for used batteries, bulbs

USPS is reminding employees not to throw away batteries and light bulbs, but to follow proper recycling procedures instead.

The Postal Service uses many battery types and sizes, including lithium, lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium and lead-acid.

Lithium and lithium-ion batteries from handheld scanners and portable electronic devices are the most common regulated battery used at Postal Service sites. Most batteries should be managed as universal waste and recycled.

Light bulbs containing mercury and other hazardous materials also should be managed as universal waste and recycled. Such bulbs include 4-foot and 8-foot fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs.

USPS facilities should recycle both used batteries and bulbs through Cleanlites Recycling Inc., the Postal Service’s national universal waste management service contractor.

Cleanlites now offers a mailback option, in addition to direct pick-up services.

The Sustainability Blue page has more information about environmental compliance.

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