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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -Perfectly good books being sent through the mail are still being trashed.

The Imagination Library, set up by Dolly Parton and Gov. Bill Haslam's Books from Birth Foundation, works to put books in the hands of young students learning to read.

Those books, which are sent through the mail, sometimes go to the wrong address. Because it's not cheap to "return to sender," the postal service puts the books in the dumpster.

"We have all these books we can re-purpose," Haslam said. "We can get them into the right peoples' hands if they just won't destroy them in the meantime."

In a statement, the U.S. Postal Service said, "This practice would constitute illegal discrimination among users of the mail, which is prohibited by federal statute."

Additionally, the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution provides that states may not regulate the action of the federal government in a manner inconsistent with federal law.

Haslam said his administration is working with federal colleagues to see if a compromise can be reached.

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