On notice

Woman and child near mailbox

The Postal Service will encourage customers to spruce up their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, an annual campaign that will be observed this year from Sunday, May 19-Saturday, May 25.

USPS wants mailboxes to be fully operational, safe to use, conveniently located and large enough to support each customer’s daily mail and package volume, among other requirements.

Mailboxes that meet these requirements help delivery and collection operations, which improve service to the entire route, according to USPS.

Postmasters must send Notice 209, Mailbox Improvement Week, to all rural and highway contract box delivery route customers the week before the campaign begins. Notice 209 can be ordered through the eBuy2 system.

The Postal Bulletin’s May 9 edition has more information.