USPS Removes Mailboxes In Portland And Eugene, Cites ‘Declining Mail Volume’

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The USPS claims it is removing mailboxes due to a decrease in first-class mail volume amid the pandemic.

The U.S. Postal Service reportedly is removing mailboxes from neighborhoods in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, this week, citing a decline in mail volume as cause to scrap “duplicate” boxes, The Oregonian reported.

  • Ernie Swanson, a spokesman for the USPS, told the outlet: “First-class mail volume has declined significantly in the U.S., especially since the pandemic. That translates to less mail in collection boxes.”
  • Swanson further insisted that the move “shouldn’t affect people at all,” saying that pick up times and processing would remain unchanged.
  • However, “some Oregon residents said they were concerned that the changes were another step to limit their access to mail,” The Oregonian reported.
  • Eugene resident Jacob Strouckel wrote in an email: “Outbound slots in neighborhood mailboxes are being locked shut. We are not just losing access to roadside mail dropboxes, but our convenient neighborhood drop slots. This applies to neighborhoods without individual mailboxes, so we are unable to send outbound mail from our area, without finding a roadside mailbox or risking a trip to the post office.”

President Trump has made clear that “he doesn’t want to fund the postal service because Democrats are trying to expand vote-by-mail services during the pandemic,” the report noted, citing The Washington Post.

The Oregonian added,

Other recent changes to the postal service have also raised concern among residents, including new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump donor who has no background working in the postal service. DeJoy has eliminated overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal employees, according to USA Today, and has mandated that mail be held if distribution centers are understaffed or running behind.

Read the full report.


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