This morning, like every Friday, I awake to find two sets of advertising circulars, wrapped in plastic bags in my driveway.
They are delivered, unsolicited, by the Hartford Courant.
I look up and down the street and see the same thing in every driveway.
I pick up the bags, separate the paper from the plastic bags and place them in the recycling pile.
What a waste.
There are several things wrong with this scenario. First, this material is thrown into my yard, unbidden by the Courant. If I'm not mistaken, that's littering.
Second, I live in a one-family house, but two packets are delivered.
Three, I must make the effort to recycle something I haven't asked for. This puts a slight burden on me, but citywide, it puts an enormous burden on our collection and processing of materials.
Four, not everyone is conscientious about picking up the packets, so after a few days, if it remains dry, the packets are pounded into scraps which blow around the street, or if it's wet, pounded into a pile of mush which eventually washes into the curb and down a storm drain.
You can call the Courant and ask to be removed from the list. Navigating the phone menu system is not easy, especially because there are few choices for "non-subscribers." But if you follow the subscription/circulation route, you will eventually end up talking to someone in a non-US nation who will remove you from the list. I spoke to "Jeff" who pronounced his name "yeff," who told me it would take three weeks to stop the circulars from being delivered.
In the meantime, it seems appropriate that city hall take up the matter to reduce the burden on our waste collection efforts, and to keep the streets clean.