POSTAL SERVICE NO LONGER STICKING WITH LINED LABELS

POSTAL SERVICE NO LONGER STICKING WITH LINED LABELS

The U.S. Postal Service is going green.

Seeking to eliminate some 678 tons of scrap paper from the nation's landfills, the postal system is switching to linerless labels. A linerless label is one that does not have to be peeled off an adhesive surface since the adhesive is attached to the backing, like a self-sticking stamp. The postal system has awarded a contract to Bell & Howell Postal Systems Inc. to retrofit 360 letter mail-labeling machines with linerless technology. These labels cost half as much as linered labels and the technology has fewer moving parts, reducing maintenance costs, said William Dowling, the postal service's engineering vice president.