120 million dollars worth of pallets and bins are missing from the USPS according to a news post on wrcbtv. The US post office needs these bins to sort and transfer mail and is running short with the continued loss. With the current economic situation, the Postal Service is not in a good position to continue to buy more bins.
The Postal Service is urging customers to return its equipment — no questions asked. The equipment can be returned to local Post Offices or to processing and distribution facilities. Anyone who takes and keeps these bins are misusing federal property and can be fined up to $1000.00 and spend up to 3 years in prison.
This news item underscores the importance of packaging and handling equipment; without bins, pallets and containers, products cannot be efficiently handled. Sometimes the durable plastic bins make ideal storage containers for home use, unfortunately people who take these bins probably don’t realize the cost issues associated with taking them and are probably not aware of the penalties that they can incur.
Anyone who returns a bin is making a wise and honest choice.