Flyer tip­ping

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

Junk mail is a curse – leaflets that we do not want pro­mot­ing prod­ucts we have no in­ten­tion of buy­ing.

Putting a sign up for­bid­ding them goes ig­nored. There is noth­ing we can do but dump the un­wel­come trash into our recycling bin.

Ge­orge Ark­less thought dif­fer­ently. He ar­gued that junk mail pok­ing out of his let­ter­box posed a se­cu­rity risk as it an­nounced he was away. He told de­liv­er­ers they did not have per­mis­sion to walk down his path. When the case ended up in court the judge sided with Mr Ark­less.

While that should spur the rest of us into sim­i­lar ac­tion the so­lu­tion is so much sim­pler. No rub­bish should be al­lowed into our homes un­less we specif­i­cally ask for it.

The Gov­ern­ment wouldn’t even need a new law. Min­is­ters could tweak an ex­ist­ing one.

Be­cause when rub­bish is dumped it be­comes lit­ter. And the max­i­mum fine for that is £2,500.

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