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Mailbox Improvement Week is May 19 -25 | By USPS

Washington Co., WI – The United States Postal Service (USPS) designates the third full week of May as Mailbox Improvement Week to encourage customers to examine and, where necessary, improve the appearance of their mailboxes.


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“Neat attractive mailboxes make a significant contribution to the appearance of the countryside and streets in suburban areas,” USPS said in a statement. Overall, people should only use fully operational mailboxes that are approved by the Postmaster General. They should be designed to protect the mail from the weather, conveniently located and large enough to support mail and package volumes.

Typical improvements can include replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door, repainting a rusted mailbox or one that has started to peel, remounting a loosened mailbox post or replacing or adding house numbers.

You might also consider upgrading your mailbox to one of the newer, larger-capacity options. These new types of mailboxes are meant to be package-friendly, capable of holding several boxes, as well as regular letters, cards and magazines. The high-capacity mailboxes fit on most standard posts.

Mailbox Improvement Week calls attention to the need for providing mailboxes that are:

1. Approved by the Postmaster General®.

2. Fully operational.

3. Designed to protect the mail from weather.

4. Safe to use.

5. Conveniently located.

6. Neat in appearance.

7. Large enough within allowable size limits to support the customer’s daily mail and package volume



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