Next Big Thing: Jumbo mailboxes to accommodate more packages

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is Mailbox Improvement Week, which is designed to remind people to make sure their mailbox is accessible to carriers, and in good condition. Also, newer mailboxes are taller and wider in order to accommodate more packages. 

Next generation mailboxes are available to help accommodate items delivered to reduce the need for notices left and trips to the Post Office to retrieve a package. USPS also wants to reduce failed delivery attempts that occur when letter and rural carriers are unable to deliver packages because they won’t fit in customers’ boxes.

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Jumbo Mailbox (USPS)

Mailbox Requirements

  • Install mailboxes with the bottom of the mailbox at a vertical height of between 3 1/2 to 4 feet from the road surface.
  • Place your mailbox 6″ to 8″ back from the curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.
  • A 4″ x 4″ wooden support or a 2″-diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe.
  • Avoid unyielding and potentially dangerous supports, like heavy metal pipes, concrete posts, and farm equipment (e.g., milk cans filled with concrete).
  • Bury your post no more than 24″ deep.
  • Customers must remove obstructions, including vehicles, trash cans, and snow, that impede efficient delivery.

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