Information from WYSH Radio
Some postal customers in Oak Ridge have recently received letters from the U.S. Postal Service telling them that they need to install curbside mailboxes as part of the ongoing effort to help the federal agency stop hemorrhaging money.
The letters are being sent to postal customers who still use house boxes to receive their mail. The letter states that the request is being made because “letter carriers can service more mailboxes in their vehicles than they can by walking door-to-door.” The letter states that customers have 10 days from receiving it to switch to the curbside mailbox before “mail received at the box will be returned to sender” as if no mail receptacle existed.
Postal officials say that converting deliveries for a more cost-effective outcome is part of an overall effort to save money and streamline operations that also includes implementing recycling programs and energy and water conservation efforts at postal facilities. The letter states that this policy change “supersedes any policy placed into effect by any previous postmaster,” adding that customer age, length of time at a residence, or ease in providing service does not determine how service is provided to the community.
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