September 9, 2008
stopping the free paper
One of my biggest pet peeves is the local free paper that cannot be stopped. All over the city, thousands of these papers are placed on doorsteps each morning—in plastic bags. I see them piled up all around. On a windy day I counted 6 papers in the middle of the road on my block alone. Why should I have to separate and recycle the paper? Why should the city have to pick up all that waste?
It wouldn't be so bad if one could simply ask the paper to stop, but in my experience many papers actually ignore requests to cancel the free delivery.
Help is on the way, people, because now you can use a new website to stop your local free paper. The folks at stopmylocalpaper.org will submit your information to the circulation director so they know you wish to opt out of their publication. They say, "Millions of newspapers go out everday that get thrown away, recycled, or become eye sores left at the end of the driveway. This site was designed to raise awareness of how much wasted paper is created."