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#1 Snot stew

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

It's such a waste.  It's been raining so much that the papers are too soggy and/or paper mached to read.  Not that I read them anyway - we have a 'no junk mail' sticker on our box but the lazy sods are throwing the papers out of their car window, they have no hope of reading the sign.  Half of the papers seem to end up on the actual road... surely this is littering...



#2 ~Elphaba~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:05 PM

If they are newspapers, which you have ordered, how do you propose they deliver them?  It's usually done at 2am, and they have about a thousand to do.  It has to be done from the car.  It's hard to find people prepared to do the job, and you won't find anyone who will deliver to 1,000 homes, usually over a 100km radius, on foot, at 2am.

ETA:  Or are you talking about free papers, like the Chronicle etc?

Edited by ~Elphaba~, 24 February 2013 - 06:05 PM.


#3 luke's mummu

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

You can ring the paper and ask for the distributor to be informed you don't want any delivered to your house, ever.

However, it's a VERY low-paid job (I did it for several years), so if one occasionally comes your way after your phone call, I wouldn't make a fuss.

#4 kerri76

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

This annoys me too. Our street looks like its made out of paper mache at the moment. I've called the local paper to complain about it before and they have assured me they have to be placed on a persons property or in the letter box, and is classed as littering otherwise... Hasn't stopped them unfortunately

#5 Snot stew

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:20 PM

If I had ordered them I'd still be unimpressed with them landing on the road, but no, these are free local papers.

I'm sure it is a low paid job.. I guess my beef should be with the papers themselves, rather than the people delivering them.

Think I'll call the papers in question (about 4 or 5 of them) and tell them (politely) to stick it up their jacksy.



#6 ~chiquita~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

This annoys me too OP. They get put straight into the bin along with the alarming amount of junk mail that gets tossed somewhere towards my home from a moving car.

#7 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Happens heare to though they are always in plastic bags so not to wet the only things that bothers me about them is they are delivered at around 2am and make a huge noise  when they land on our front lawn. And since we live in a block of 3 Villas/units we always get about 6 or more at any time any person can tell there are only 3 units here.

#8 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

They used to deliver our local paper into the mailbox. Now they wrap it in plastic and toss them somewhere on the front lawn (often in the drainage ditch at the front). Where they get wet and soggy, despite the plastic.

I used to read the local paper, I don't any more.

#9 *LucyE*

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

I hate it too.

I don't read it. I don't want it. I really don't like having to make a special trip down our driveway to pick it up and walk back to put it in the bin.

#10 Swarley

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

We used to do this a couple of years ago. We were told 'no junk mail' signs only apply to pamphlets, not the paper.
We had a list of houses that had rung and opted out so they weren't delivered to.
It is awful pay and if they had to be placed in a letterbox instead of thrown, I doubt anyone would do it.
They should be in bags during wet weather though.

#11 Bluenomi

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:15 AM

Ugh, I hate it. they wrap it in plastic as well so I can't even chuck it straight in the recycling, I have to unwrap it first so I don't usually bother. Signs to not deliver are ignored and if you ring the paper they don't care since they outsource the delivery.

Ours sit where ever they land until garbage day when DH puts them in the bin as he wheels it past.

#12 2bundles

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

First world problem.

Ours is in plastic. Sometimes I read it, sometimes not. I never have any thought to where exactly on my property it lands. Op - be glad you don't have bigger issues!

#13 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

It does my head in on many levels! I think that while free it should be a subscription deal. I hate the thought of how many 100's of thousands have been a complete waste of paper and plastic more than anything else. And yes picking up the slop on the drive way blows too.

#14 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

Yeah I think its such a waste. And actually 2Bundles, I don't think its a piffly little first world problem - it is a waste of valuable resources, so whilst its a problem happening in the "first world", its not insignificant. I just called my local paper to cancel, hopefully it will take effect soon and they can give someone else a paper that would actually like it. I always feel so guilty just putting it in the bin, but I didn't ask for it, I don't want it, and I don't think there is much else I can do with it so it goes in recycling.

If I want local news, I have a computer to look at it with.

#15 CG123

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE (luke's mummu @ 24/02/2013, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However, it's a VERY low-paid job (I did it for several years), so if one occasionally comes your way after your phone call, I wouldn't make a fuss.


My bold. No excuse to do a poor job IMO. I'm sure the owner's of the newspaper (and those who write for it) wouldn't be happy to know many people aren't reading it because it is soaked from not being delivered correctly.  


QUOTE (2bundles @ 25/02/2013, 09:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
First world problem.

Ours is in plastic. Sometimes I read it, sometimes not. I never have any thought to where exactly on my property it lands. Op - be glad you don't have bigger issues!


My bold. Of course it is! Does that mean because there is war and poverty that OP isn't allowed to be annoyed. She (I assume) hasn't taken the problem to the papers and demanded it be front page news. She has posted on a forum.

Agreed. Annoying and such a waste.

#16 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:44 AM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 25/02/2013, 09:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ugh, I hate it. they wrap it in plastic as well so I can't even chuck it straight in the recycling, I have to unwrap it first so I don't usually bother. Signs to not deliver are ignored and if you ring the paper they don't care since they outsource the delivery.

Ours sit where ever they land until garbage day when DH puts them in the bin as he wheels it past.


Oh no !!!!!! This is outrageous!!!!! You poor little petal!!!!!!!! Soiling your hands by touching a nasty newspaper !!!!!!!

#17 WaitForIt

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Ours gets delivered in the letterbox. No plastic and it sticks out so still gets wet but it is much better than mache on the road or discovering it several weeks later under a bush...

Mind you, we live in a densely populated area, the delivery happens by foot.


#18 DEVOCEAN

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

Maybe if the delivery people were not paid such a pittance, the papers would be delivered properly.

Some people also do actually rely on these papers for local information that is not in the normal newspaper or on the internet.

#19 opethmum

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

We get two papers one out our front and one on our driveway because we are a corner block and our local area has two competing free publications so again we get two. So at the end of each week we have four !



#20 Zahhy

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

Our local community newspaper gets delivered into the letterbox, and I've just started reading it each week after living here for just over a year. I really enjoy reading it, they have local interest stories as well as local news stories. It's only about a 6-page production, so folds nicely into the letterbox.

The local edition of the Post/Star/;Whatever newspaper just gets thrown in the direction of our house and usually ends up soggy and paper maché-like by the time I can be bothered to pick it up - a week or two later.

eta:
QUOTE
Some people also do actually rely on these papers for local information that is not in the normal newspaper or on the internet.

*nod* I've discovered recently (by reading the community newspaper) that the sand dune restoration that has been happening locally is the work of a local community group, not council, and the local paper advertises their next meeting/activity - something that wouldn't be on the internet or in the large local newspapers.
I've noticed a lot of my neighbours have "No Junk Mail - Portside Local OK" written on their letterboxes, so I'm not the only one who reads it (Portside Local is the name of the paper)

Edited by Tonberry, 25 February 2013 - 08:59 AM.


#21 Gudrun

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Local papers are not regarded as junk mail. So you have to opt out if you don't want it. We get two local papers delivered simultaneously on foot to the letter box. I really enjoy catching up on local news so I appreciate it and the advertising by and for local traders can be useful.  


There have been times when whole bundles still tied up have been left up the railway line to rot. I guess those deliverers were upbraided or lost their job.

#22 Bluenomi

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

QUOTE (Old Grey Mare @ 25/02/2013, 09:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh no !!!!!! This is outrageous!!!!! You poor little petal!!!!!!!! Soiling your hands by touching a nasty newspaper !!!!!!!


It wouldn't mind so much except it's always wet and muddy and the paper is wet and soggy even under the plastic. I did my dash when I delievered the horrid things as a teenager, I'm over getting covered in newspaper ink  biggrin.gif

#23 *melrose*

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

Ring the local paper where they are coming from and tell them, they will give you a contact number on who to call.

#24 Snot stew

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

I am going to call today (just got home).

I don't believe that this is a small issue.  It's an incredible waste of resources, as a PP said.  Our whole area is covered in paper mache newspapers, at least 1 in 2 houses has an unreadable paper sitting out the front.  All that energy, that has gone into producing and delivering those newspapers, wasted.  I might actually read the local paper if it was delivered to the box, and was dry enough to read - at least sometimes.  And yes I do resent having to clean up someone else's litter scattered all over our median strip, driveway and the road at the front of our house.  Local papers should be an 'opt in' not an 'opt out'.

'Think globally, act locally' is actually a very good way to express it.  To me  - there are 4 or 5 unreadable newspapers sitting out the front that I have to dispose of.  But, more widely, if even every 3rd house has the same problem, in an area where the papers are delivered to probably at least 30 000 households each week (they distribute across a very wide area) - we have 50 000 unreadable newspapers being binned.

Hmmm...

#25 capper

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

My 10 year old DS delivers the local paper.  We have had complaints about the paper being delivered to letterboxes with 'No Junk Mail' signs.  We have been told that this does not mean newspapers.  He does have some houses that are on the Do not Deliver List though.  And, yes it doesnt pay much, but it gives him independance, some pocket money and some responsibility.




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