Postal Facts - U.S. Postal Service
The Postal Service is part of the fabric of the nation, with employees making a difference in every community across the country. We’re committed to protecting our customers, collecting food, helping children have a happier holiday and to being an environmental steward.
pounds of batteries
The Postal Service recycled 101,000 pounds of small lead-acid and dry cell batteries, including lithium-ion batteries which are found in cell phones, laptops, scanners and other small electronics.
In 2020, the Postal Service recycled 359,000 gallons of used oil — equivalent to saving more than 15 million gallons of crude oil.
bicycle delivery routes
The Postal Service delivers mail by bicycle on 49 routes in Arizona and Florida -- reducing emissions, saving fuel and the carriers can ride a bike all day!
pounds of food
Every year, the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2020, the food drive was cancelled due to the pandemic. The program has collected more than 1.7 billion pounds of food since the campaign began in 1993.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Thousands of carriers deliver to homes with dogs every day. The Postal Service promotes safety initiatives and shares prevention tips to protect employees and customers from dog bites. In 2020, more than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2,270 cities.
If mail carriers notice something unusual, such as uncollected mail, at an at-risk customer’s home, the employee will alert emergency personnel.
is going green
The Postal Service is working hard to put its stamp on a greener tomorrow for the many communities we serve. Postal carriers deliver mail using alternative fuel vehicles, on foot and even on bicycles. The 2020 energy reduction in postal buildings equated to powering more than 36,000 U.S. homes and the Postal Service is expanding solar powered facilities in 2021.
In 2020, the Postal Service recycled 182,000 tons of paper, 63,000 tons of cardboard and 6,000 tons of plastic.
The Postal Service helps customers reduce waste, increase recycling and improve their carbon footprint through its BlueEarth programs.
The Postal Service implemented a solar power generation system at the Los Angeles mail processing facility consisting of nearly 29,000 solar panels. This expands the Postal Service's use of alternative energy and makes the processing facility one of the largest buildings generating electricity through solar energy in the city.
The Postal Service has a goal to reduce energy used per square foot of building space by 25 percent by 2025.
For 108 years, postal employees and the American public have helped bring more magic to the holiday season, one letter to Santa at a time.
Greener than you think. Free Priority Mail boxes meet Sustainable Forestry initiative and Forest Stewardship Council certification standards. This means the paper for those boxes comes from well-managed forests. In addition, the boxes include at least 30-percent recycled content.
Nearly 74,000 letter carriers drive to neighborhoods and then deliver the mail on foot. Nearly 7,000 carriers deliver mail entirely on foot -- the USPS Fleet of Feet. Mail is delivered by bicycle on select routes in Arizona and Florida, reducing emissions and saving fuel.
alternative fuel vehicles
The Postal Service operates a fleet of 37,391 alternative fuel-capable vehicles, most of which are equipped to use ethanol. There are electric, hybrid, compressed natural gas and liquid propane gas vehicles in the fleet as well. The Postal Service has 100 hybrid 2-ton vehicles. Fifty are electric hybrid and fifty are hydraulic hybrid.
The Eagle Logo, the trade dress of USPS packaging, the Letter Carrier Uniform and the Postal Truck and the following marks are among the many trademarks owned by the United States Postal Service: Click-N-Ship®, Deliver The Win®, EDDM®, ePostage®, Every Door Direct Mail®, Express Mail®, First-Class™, First-Class Mail®, Forever®, Global Express Guaranteed®, IMb®, Informed Delivery®, Intelligent Mail®, Parcel Select®, P.O. Box™, Post Office®, Pony Express®, Postal Inspection Service™, PostalOne!®, Postal Police®, PostalProud®, Express International®, Priority Mail Flat Rate®, Priority Mail International®, Priority: You®, Registered Mail™, Standard Mail®, The Postal Store®, United States Postal Inspection Service®, United States Postal Service®, U.S. Mail®, U.S. Postal Inspector™, U.S. Postal Service®, USPS®, USPS BlueEarth®, USPS Mobile®, USPS Operation Santa®, USPS Tracking®, usps.com®, ZIP+4® and ZIP Code™. This is not a comprehensive list of all Postal Service trademarks.
Forest Stewardship Council®, McDonald’s®, National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, Starbucks®, Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Walmart®
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