Postal pickup changes start Saturday

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This weekend marks the new change for postal pickups.

Starting Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service will pick up mail from its freestanding blue boxes and dropoff sites at the post office earlier.

Carriers will empty the boxes at 4:15 p.m., at least 45 minutes sooner than traditional pickup times.

The changeover will allow postal trucks to get on the road sooner to deliver the mail to Spokane, where sorting and processing is ultimately moving away from Pasco, Postal officials have said.

The changes are part of the agency’s plan to consolidate the Pasco mail handling facility with Spokane’s. Declining mail volume has led to a financial crisis at the Postal Service, which loses $25 million a day due to declining mail volume, officials say. The change in pickup times is the only one currently expected to impact service in Walla Walla.

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