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Military base modernizing mail delivery

Postal Service and Fort Riley, KS, officials announce a project to install cluster box units to save on delivery and fuel costs. From left are Mark Inglett, a USPS strategic communications specialist; Station Manager Belinda Mills; Postmaster C.J. Lincoln; and Col. Will McKannay, Fort Riley’s garrison commander.

The U.S. Army’s Fort Riley in Kansas will exchange curbside mail delivery for cluster boxes within the next year.

“This project is environmentally responsible and enhances the security of delivery for the troops and their families,” said C.J. Lincoln, postmaster for the nearby Junction City, KS, Post Office, at a recent ceremony announcing the change.

A total of 33 cluster box units, called CBUs, will be installed, reducing deliveries from 4,782 stops to 33. The project is expected to save $125,000 a year in delivery and fuel costs.

“This will reduce emissions in Fort Riley, with fewer hours of vehicle use,” said Belinda Mills, Fort Riley’s station manager.

USPS is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2030, compared with 2019 levels, according to the latest USPS Annual Sustainability Report.