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Underused Greenville mailboxes may disappear

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One of mailboxes that may be removed located on Coffee Street in downtown Greenville. (June 27, 2012/FOX Carolina) One of mailboxes that may be removed located on Coffee Street in downtown Greenville. (June 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The United States Postal Service is trying to find additional ways to save money, which means the mailbox closest to you may not be there for much longer.

The USPS is reviewing the use of Greenville-area mailboxes - the big blue ones you see around town - and if 25 letters a day don't go through a box, they will be removed.

Harry Spratlin, spokesman for the USPS in South Carolina, said 27 boxes in Greenville were reported as underutilized and are being watched as part of a 30-day study that ends on July 7.

Spratlin said the boxes that receive less than 25 letters a day will have a sign posted warning they may be removed.

The impact of the internet has reduced first-class mail volume by 43.1 billion pieces during the last five years, Spratlin said.

"We wouldn't want to waste money by having collection routes drive to a certain locality when the collection boxes are not being used by the customers," said Spratlin.

The underused boxes may disappear entirely or move to another busier area.

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