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BOSTON – Is your mailbox conveniently located? Is it in need of repair? Is your house number clearly indicated on the box? Is it a sufficient size for the volume and type of mail you receive?
Each year, the Postal Service designates the third full week of May as Mailbox Improvement Week to encourage customers with box-on-post delivery to examine and, where necessary, improve the appearance of their mailboxes. Attractive, well maintained mailboxes contribute to the appearance of your community.
Replacing rusted hinges or remounting loose posts will help ensure safe and timely delivery of your mail. Or consider upgrading to one of the newer larger capacity boxes.
Today’s newer mailboxes are wider and taller to accommodate delivery of items you’ve ordered online and reduce the need for notices left and trips to the Post Office to retrieve a package.
Customers can now purchase bigger mailboxes that accommodate larger packages delivered by USPS.
The curbside boxes are available from online retailers. The usps.com mailbox page has ordering information.
The bigger boxes are part of the Postal Service’s efforts to grow its package delivery business amid changes to the mail mix.
USPS also wants to reduce failed delivery attempts that occur when letter and rural carriers are unable to deliver packages because they won’t fit in customers’ boxes.
“These next generation mailboxes allow our carriers to accommodate more mail and larger packages, which improves the overall customer experience,” said Delivery Operations VP Kevin McAdams.
Manufacturers introduced the boxes this month after USPS approved new standards last year.
The standards apply only to curbside boxes, not mailboxes made for door delivery service.
The Postal Service approved the standards after testing boxes that are 7 inches high, 13 inches wide and 16 inches deep.
Customers who participated in the tests applauded the bigger boxes.
“The postal carrier can put everything in there,” customer Janice Schnepp said last year. “I don’t have to worry about prescription medications or other mail order items being left on the front door.”