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[GreenYes] Re: Requested feeback about mail-in (ship-in) recycling programs

Title: [GreenYes] Re: Requested feeback about mail-in (ship-in) recycling programs


We have something like this in our office for our batteries (Big Green Box).  I think it's a great that your client would like to do this type of thing.  As a potential customer, I would want your client to consider the following:

To mail the item back, would someone have to request a specific container/packaging,
Is it cost effective and convenient for the individual or organization,
Is shipping/handling included in the cost or free through partnerships with companies like UPS,
Would you need to return each item individually or in bulk?
How will you be getting the word out about your program (internet, TV, in store, directly on the item intended to be recycled, etc)
Are you going to let people know what happens with the product after they mail it in,
Is the packaging used to mail the product back recyclable (and will it be recycled) or made of recycled content,
Will there be an incentive for sending the item back for recycling, besides being responsible?

Wishing you and your client luck with the program,

Jennifer Halpin

Recycling Information Specialist
Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG)
Ph: 209-723-3153 ext. 315
Fax: 209-723-0322

>>> "Sue Bush" <suhubu@no.address> 04/15/2008 1:13 PM >>>
Dear Recycling Professionals,
I am working with a client that would like to implement a mail-in recycling
I am not at liberty to discuss what would be recycled, but I can say it is
an item that is not hazardous in any way, and one that some curbside
programs would accept, but others would not.  The program could be what I'm
calling an individual or group program. Individual - consumers gather a few
recyclable items, then mail in, or a group program, where schools or other
organizations collect, then mail (or ship via UPS) a larger container in.
The program would be intended to "bridge the gap" where the product is not
recyclable in local programs.

I would appreciate any feedback from recycling professionals regarding their
experience with and/or opinion of mail-in (ship-in) recycling programs, any
tips, concerns, etc.
Please feel free to email me directly -- I'd be happy to share info
w/others, but I'm not sure everyone on the list is interested...

Thanks in advance!
Susan Bush

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