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Here’s what Link covered May 19-25

A recycling program, labor talks and pen pals made news last week

A stack of wooden pallets against the backdrop of a blue sky
The Postal Service’s pallets recycling program is helping the organization divert waste from landfills, a Delivering for America goal.

Last week, Link told you about a pallet recycling program that is helping the Postal Service turn trash into cash.

The initiative, which fits with a Delivering for America goal to divert more waste from landfills, allows USPS facilities to recycle wooden pallets that are left behind by business customers dropping off large volumes of mail.

“We’re looking forward to working with Postal Service facilities across the nation to increase participation in the program and help turn waste into revenue through landfill diversion,” said Sam Rogers, the Postal Service’s asset accountability manager.

Link also provided updates on the Postal Service’s modernization efforts and negotiations with the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association on a new labor contract, and we reported release dates and dedication ceremony locations for the next batch of stamps.

Our “Heroes” column introduced you to Todd Will, a USPS tractor trailer operator who swooped in to help a man after he tumbled into traffic, while our “People” feature turned a spotlight on Tina Ramirez, who recently retired as a postmaster for Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Additionally, we published histories of Memorial Day and the Cold War-era postal civil defense plan, which was released May 27, 1955.

Finally, we introduced you to Kris Feeney and Ned Felder, a student and a soldier who became pen pals during the Vietnam War and recently met for the first time.

The duo, whose story has been chronicled by The Washington Post and other media outlets, are once again exchanging letters.

“We will stay in touch. I will make sure I continue to write him,” said Feeney.