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Postal Service should junk recycling rule

At first, we were outraged at the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to get rid of recycling bins in Summit County post offices so people might take their junk mail home and read it.

Then we realized that pretty soon, junk mailers might be the only customers the postal service has. So it better take care of them.

The day is soon coming when only the junk mail or casual mail we don’t worry that much about will go through the post office. E-mail will take care of much of our important, timely business. And if we really need something to be delivered, we’ll call Federal Express or United Parcel Service.

The good ol’ U.S. Postal Service has single-

handedly fostered free enterprise. It should get a chamber of commerce award.

And, after all, how else could the broke postal service afford to sponsor our hero, Lance Armstrong, and his Tour de France bicycle racing team?

OK, we’re kidding.

We are outraged at the latest anti-customer lunacy to be handed down by the postal service. The decision to remove recycling bins is completely misguided.

Regional Master of Post Office Operations Sheryl Wilson ordered the removal of the bins and said that the postal service is in the business of delivering the mail and not helping people discard it.

That’s why the recycling bins have to go. Bowing to the junk mail industry, the postal service is trying to increase readership by eliminating one source of disposal. Of course, the trash cans will remain in post office lobbies, which goes to show you how half-baked the idea is.

To expect people will do more than turn around and throw the junk mail in the trash is absurd on its face.

Instead of placing the unwanted materials in a blue bin where they will be taken care of in an environmentally responsible way, the mountains of unwanted, unread paper will end up piling into the landfill.

The post office has a responsibility to provide a service to its customers and see that the mail is delivered. That responsibility ends when the mail is placed in post office boxes. Any decisions beyond that are the decision of the recipient, and providing a means of disposal is a service to the rest of us.

It would be far more responsible of post office officials to understand the realities of junk mail – that people will throw it out in the nearest available place, be that recycling bin or trash can – and take the right steps to reverse the decision.

As for us, we’re going to write our federal legislators. But we’re using e-mail.

We can say this to the postal service: Thanks for taking care of Lance. Let’s go for a sixth straight victory and another round of those rain, sleet and snow commercials. They’d mean more, though, if we had home delivery.

Opinions published in this space are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Jason Starr, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Aidan Leonard and Martha Lunsky.

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