Mail Be Gone!

    Am I the only person that is constantly overwhelmed with mail?  No matter how much I sort through it, it is constantly piling up in my foyer and all over the table in my living room.  I have tried to cut down on some of this paper waste by changing all of my bills to online billing in order to do away with receiving a paper bill every month.  That is still not enough because I receive at least 20 items of all kinds of mail every single day.  It ranges from junk mail and flyers to promotions and all other kinds of nonsense.

    I have also tried to cut down the amount of circulars that are deposited in my front yard or stuck in my iron gate all the time.  They sometimes sit out there in the rain, while I am at work, and get all soggy and yucky.  I have even gone as far as waiting for the people that put them there and asking them to please not leave anymore papers in my yard but it has not seemed to help the issue all that much.  Of course, I have been recently told by a neighbor that they get paid for every circular that they leave in front of someone’s house so they definitely don’t benefit from adhering to my wishes and discontinuing their practice of littering these papers all over the front of my house.

    It would seem to me that this would be a great way to tackle the whole environmental issue of chopping down trees and paper waste.  Has nobody realized that most of this waste is taking place in the form of junk mail and grocery store circulars?  Some of you might think that I am exaggerating, however, I can honestly tell you that I have had up to 5 circulars for the same store dropped in my yard on any given day.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  I’m aware that the stores need to advertise in order to increase their business and attract new customers but give me a break!

    I think that laws should be passed to ban the distribution of circulars in residential areas.  Perhaps allowing individuals to subscribe to their circulars would help make sure that those interested in their products would have access to their advertisements.  I’m sure that these companies and store chains also waste a lot of money and resources printing and distributing these flyers only to have them end up in a puddle of rain water in somebody’s yard.  Lastly, we would be doing our part to decrease the levels of deforestation that are taking place around the world. 

    Now, of course, my reasons for making these suggestions are purely selfish.  I am just sick of having my yard full of all these papers and equally sick of having to pick them up constantly.  The same goes for all the junk mail that I destroy regularly that serves absolutely no purpose.  There has to be a way to help alleviate some of that too.  I would definitely welcome any and all suggestions because all this paper waste is driving me batty!

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  1. All I can say is I feel your pain. I have a big bag of mail that I need to sort through that is 99.9% junk! smh

  2. I am in the same boat. I have so much mail that needs to be sorted through that it piles up on a daily basis. Most of it ends of in the garbage anyway so it ends up being a waste of paper and a total waste of my time looking through it.

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