Let’s ban unsolicited circulars and junk mail to reduce environmental damage and litter.

Petition details

We have laws against littering. Junk mail is really just a form of littering citizens' private property - their letter boxes. It makes no sense that householders have to pay money for a no junk mail sign on their letterbox. Instead, advertisers can provide free “Junk mail welcome” signs to those that want junk mail.

Submitted by Ron Eckman
Opened 24 July 2009
Closed 24 September 2009
Status Presented

Background information

A recent analysis of Waitakere City street litter shows that 16.6% of street litter is junk mail and that the junk mail content of litter increases by a massive 33% on the day it is delivered, costing councils tens of thousands of ratepayer dollars to clean up the mess. Ross Johnston from New Brighton, Christchurch has twice collected a year's worth of junk mail. In 1992 he collected 51kg and in 2006 he collected a 1.7m tall stack of junk mail weighing 70kg.


Signatures: 147

What happened to this petition?

This petition closed for signatures on 24 September 2009.

The petition was presented to the Strategy and Policy Committee on 3 November 2009.

The petition was received by the Strategy and Policy Committee on 3 November 2009.