Yesterday morning I returned home after a night away to find a large newspaper protruding from my mailbox. As long as I’ve lived in my house (coming on three years now), I’ve had a little sign politely asking that there be no unaddressed mail, specifically newspapers and flyers, delivered to my home. For the most part, whoever is delivering these items has been equally polite and cooperative and has adhered to my request. Suddenly, this has changed. I went out to work this morning and returned for lunch to find yet another newspaper in my mailbox, and just now, at the end of my work day, I have found yet another one! What is going on?
I debated whether or not to name the publications I was finding and tossing – I didn’t want to come across as competitive but the thing is, I read these papers myself – but I do it online. So I have no reason to feel bad about saying that Kingston this Week seems to have suddenly forgotten my request as has the Whig Standard’s Home edition. The last one I found is a new one as far as I can tell, something called Flyer Pack.
My reasons for not wanting these items are simple: I get most of my news from the radio and the internet, I pick up coupon flyers at the grocery store when I’m shopping rather than planning it out ahead, and I think they’re wasteful. If I know I’m not going to use something, why deliver it to me? I don’t even crack a page, I just take it directly to my gray box. I have no doubt there are people who read these papers and plan their shopping trips based on the coupons in the weekly flyers, but I don’t.
We’ve made great strides when it comes to plastic bags and pop and water bottles (and necessarily so in my opinion) but no one ever talks about the newspapers and flyers. Have you noticed a change in the content of your mailbox? Have you ever had to go beyond the polite little sign and contact a paper or talk to the delivery person? Or perhaps you think I’m an over-the-top tree hugger and I should just make my trip to the recycling bin quietly.
Whatever your opinion, leave it here and let us know what you think about unwanted deliveries. I do, however, hope you’ll find some much wanted, hidden treats this weekend. Happy Easter and Passover to everyone. Have a great weekend!