Fed up with all that letterbox junk
By EMMA CORNFORD
WITH Christmas approaching, letterboxes are getting clogged with more than just cards carrying good tidings.
Junk mail has invaded our letterboxes ? and Grafton resident Greg Schubert is sick of it.
"It's the sheer volume of it," he said yesterday after displaying the 21 items of junk he collected from his letterbox earlier this week.
"I mean, when you think of those 21 pieces multiplied by thousands of houses around Grafton, it's just staggering."
Tempting though it is for Mr Schubert to transfer his junk directly from the letterbox to the recycling bin, he brings it inside so his wife can compare the weekly grocery specials.
"But that's the only time it ever gets looked at. It's really just crazy because the more junk mail there is, clamoring for my attention, the more I'm just going to ignore them all," he said.
"It goes past environmental concerns; I guess it's just such an illustration of the consumerist society we live in these days."
While Mr Schubert is certainly not alone in his dislike of junk mail, he can see no way of stopping it from clogging up his letterbox.
"I guess the only real solution would be to get rid of my letterbox but that seems a bit extreme. Then you'd have to pay for a postbox at the post office and go down there to collect your post," he said.
What about attaching a 'no junk mail' sign on his letterbox?
"People make their living out of delivering this stuff, and I don't begrudge them that, so I just think putting a sign there won't do much because they still have to deliver it."