USPS encourages participation in Mailbox Improvement Week

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The Lansing, Illinois, post office is located at 18125 Roy Street. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

May 12–18

information provided by the United States Postal Service

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (May 7, 2019) — The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 12–18, says Central IL District Manager Tangela Bush.

“Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our community, and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers,” says Bush.

The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. “This is especially important after the effects of last winter,” adds Bush.

Some of the typical activities homeowners may need to do include:

  • Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door
  • Repainting a mailbox that has rusted or has started to peel
  • Remounting a loosened mailbox post
  • Replacing or adding house numbers

“If a homeowner plans to install a new mailbox or replace a worn one, he or she must use only Postal Service–approved traditional, contemporary, or locking full/limited service mailboxes,” said Bush. “Customers must be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they must consult with their local Post Office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength, and quality of construction.”

Lansing residents who need more information about the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to any other questions, can contact the Lansing Post Office directly:

  • 18125 Roy Street, Lansing, Illinois
  • 708-474-0080