What's with all the rubber bands?

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Rubber bands! Is there no end to them? They are everywhere — on the sidewalks, on the porch, in the street ... and how did they get there?

Well, since they are all the same size used by the post office, and we often get our bundle of mail with a rubber band holding it, one can assume that they are dropped by mail carriers. Perhaps they are so cheap that the post office does not regard them as an expense, but considering that the U.S. Postal Service is always losing money, one might think that they would at least reuse them. So I pick them up wherever I see them and reuse them, but my supply is becoming overwhelming.

It's difficult to use so many rubber bands. Does anyone out there have any creative ideas for recycling them? Or better yet, how can we get the U.S. Postal Service to educate its employees on the use and abuse of rubber bands?

Bobbie Raymond
Oak Park

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J.G. Morales  

Posted: January 11th, 2011 11:52 AM

I know this is old (and may be trivial), but I think it's hilarious. I just had to reply because I noticed this as well. Those rubber bands really were EVERYWHERE. I, too, have amassed a "rubber band collection". The irony... lol.

Kurt  

Posted: October 4th, 2010 1:36 PM

Hmmm... let's think. Where, oh where, could you possibly bring them for recycling? Perhaps to the post office???Labor is one of the Postal Services greatest expenses. If large quantities of rubber bands results in greater efficiency, then they should keep using them!

Freespirit from oak park  

Posted: October 2nd, 2010 10:37 PM

I can't believe Mr. Raymond actually took the time to write about such a silly thing as finding too many rubber bands!It's clear sir, you have way too much time on your hands. Abusing rubber bands, protecting bees, rootbeer garden scares.....Maybe a visit to Childrens Memorial Hospital would cure your boredom. Better yet, why not spend a day at Hines Hospital visiting the people there?

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