Merry shipping

The Postal Service has recommended deadlines for the holiday mailing and shipping season.

The suggestions, released Oct. 4, are for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to domestic, Air/Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office addresses.

Here are the deadlines:

Nov. 5: APO, FPO, and DPO addresses (all ZIP Codes), USPS Retail Ground service
Dec. 9: APO, FPO and DPO (all ZIP Codes), Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
Dec. 16: APO, FPO, DPO (except ZIP Code 093), Priority Mail Express Military service
Dec. 17: USPS Retail Ground service
Dec. 17: First-Class Mail, including greeting cards
Dec. 17: First-Class Mail packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 19: Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express

The release also relays temporary pricing changes for the 2022 holiday season and new package regulations. For example, packages containing used electronics or other hazardous materials — lithium-ion batteries, in particular — must now be shipped via surface transportation.

The Postal Service offers products and services to customers for the holiday shipping season, including free Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes available at local Post Offices and the Postal Store, Click-N-Ship and Package Pickup.

Energy Action Month

October is Energy Action Month, a time for federal agencies to share what they have done to advance energy conservation and resilience.

This year, USPS is highlighting its Commitment to Environmental Excellence, an eight-point framework for making sustainability a priority at all levels of decision-making. It is also a public statement of the organization’s desire to be a sustainability leader in the federal sector.

Sustainability is also a key focus of the Delivering for America plan. For example, the plan promotes the streamlining of the organization’s ground transportation network to reduce emissions and costs.

That effort was exemplified by the top prize winner in the organization’s Sustainability Excellence Awards, a highway contract route optimization project that saved money and reduced emissions simultaneously.

USPS tracks its environmental footprint with a greenhouse gas inventory, which calculates three separate types of emissions: Scope 1, emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in USPS-owned properties; Scope 2, from steam and electricity purchases; and Scope 3, a broad category including emissions produced by contracts, leases and workers’ commuting.

The Postal Service aims to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 25 percent of 2008 levels by 2025.

It aims to reduce Scope 3 emissions by an even more ambitious 30 percent by 2025.

In addition to the highway contract route optimization project and other ongoing efforts involving the USPS delivery fleet, the organization sent out an updated commuting survey to ACE users to gauge respondents’ interest in charging infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles.

More than 27 percent said they would be interested in the service.

Postal Bulletin’s Sept. 22 edition has more information about Energy Action Month. For additional details on sustainability efforts at USPS, go to usps.com/green.