Do you receive Undeliverable-As-Addressed (UAA) First Class Mail back from the USPS? Did you know that there is a much easier, more environmentally friendly and cost effective way to handle those pieces?
With USPS BlueEarth Secure Destruction, the USPS will, for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, securely destroy your UAA First Class mail pieces, AND provide you with daily automated electronic notifications as to which pieces were destroyed.
“But these pieces contain personal information and can’t just be recycled. I am legally required to have them shredded and disposed of in a secure environment.”
Good news! The USPS created this program specifically with the strict legal requirements of the government, healthcare and financial industries in mind.
First of all, the shredding is done on site at the USPS facilities by Postal employees, and is a program monitored by the Postal Inspection Service.
Secondly, as you can see in this chart below, the shred size done by the USPS equipment is actually smaller than is required for “Particularly Sensitive and Confidential Data”.
“Ok, so it should work for meeting my legal requirements, but why should I bother switching from what I’m currently doing?”
Save Time and Money
- Don’t pay someone to sort through the mail you receive to pull out the returns or, worse yet, chance a customer payment or important document accidentally getting mixed in with the pile of returns that are set aside and/or shredded.
- Don’t pay someone to manually look up each return in your database to flag the addresses as bad. Get electronic files from the USPS and do it efficiently.
- Don’t pay for internal resources or third party vendors to securely shred the material.
Help the Environment
The USPS currently returns over 1.2 billion pieces of mail each year. Allowing the USPS to shred the pieces at the point they are discovered to be undeliverable has incredible environmental savings…
“…benefits include avoided carbon emissions (i.e., GHGs) by an estimated average of one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for every 25,000 pieces of carrier-delivered return-to-sender mail that is destroyed. In its first year of operation, the USPS Secure Destruction mail service program successfully intercepted and destroyed over 25.3 million pieces of mail in FY 2015 and recycled over 645 metric tons of securely shredded paper.” – National PCC 4/21/2016
Plus, once shredded, the material is 100% recycled.
“So, how do I get started?”
Check out the Secure Destruction page on the RIBBS website or contact AM Solutions for more information.
Robin Jenkins – Postal Affairs Specialist – AM Solutions