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USPS asking customers to return equipment

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The United States Postal Service would like its customers to return any equipment belonging to the USPS they may have, especially pallets and plastic mail tubs.

Unreturned equipment is costing the Postal Service millions to replace. Customers can drop off small amounts of equipment at their local Post office or mail processing and distribution centers. An email can be sent to hqmte@usps.gov to arrange for the Postal Service to pick up large amounts of equipment. Misuse of equipment, like hoarding or recycling, can be reported by calling 866-330-3404.

"The Postal Service has invested $120 million this year to restore our mail transport equipment (MTE) inventories to healthy levels for this fall," acting Rockford Postmaster Steve Webb said. "This is more than twice our investment last year. This is a serious issue and help is needed. We are in a financial crisis and simply cannot afford this type of unnecessary expense. The equipment is federal property and its return would be appreciated."

The maximum penalty for the theft or misuse of Postal Service property is printed on all equipment and consists of a $1,000 fine and three years imprisonment.

The Postal Service relies on the sale of stamps, products, and services for funding. It receives no tax dollars for operating expenses.

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