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US Post Office says NO to reusing boxes
Gary Adler said he was just recycling a box that was going to be thrown in the trash, but the Postal Service said that kind of repurposing is illegal. Adler uses the boxes to mail sports memorabilia for his nonprofit organization Pro-Players Association.
"We recycle old boxes that we get at the grocery store or from other merchants, and Dumpster dive sometimes," said Adler.
Sometimes, Adler used the "Priority Mail" boxes that were left in the trash near the P.O. boxes.
"We took off the tape and we took off the old label that was on there originally," said Adler, describing a box he recently sent that was returned by the Postal Service.
"And we re-taped this box that was originally this way and we made it this way," showing how he turned the box inside-out so it's brown on the outside and not white.
But the Postal Service said what Adler did is against postal regulations. He is being warned not to do it again, but if he continues to reuse "Priority Mail" boxes, he could be charged with misuse of postal property.
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