A draft bill has been published on the government’s consultation portal that proposes changes to the postal system, including a reduction in at-home mailbox delivery.
Among other changes, the draft as it currently stands would introduce increased use of mailbox centres over home mailboxes. Originally used in rural areas in order to reduce cost of service, the postal service uses such centres in order to make fewer stops and to centralize services in lower-population settlements. However, mailbox centres could become increasingly common in Iceland’s urban areas as well, requiring residents to pick up their mail at a separate location.
In the introduction to the draft it states: “it is clear if we look at the future of postal services both in this country and, for example, in Norway, there will be more use of mailbox complexes in the future instead of deliveries to every house, even in larger urban areas. This has resulted in savings and a positive environmental impact.”
All residents have the ability to submit reviews and suggestions for the draft until the deadline of October 2.