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AIBU to think Royal Mail should not be delivering large quantities of junk mail to my door everyday

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goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 11:56:49

Why does Royal mail think it's ok to deliver a load of junk to my door everyday? I have a notice up saying 'no junk mail' but Royal Mail ignore it. I have politely spoken to the postie but he says he has to post it and continues to do so.

I understand LOCAL businesses targeting residents in this way but multi national companies using a scattergun approach, really? It's unenvironmentally friendly and over half my paper recycle paper bin is junk mail.

AIBU to be really fed up of picking up junk mail and having to dispose of it? It's not a little bit either, today I received 8 unsolicited letters and leaflets.

Nancy66 Wed 19-Nov-14 11:58:21

yes, it's a nuisance but you can opt out.

royal mail wouldn't survive without these deals they make with businesses

goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 12:00:54

But why couldn't they survive without these deals.

Why can't Royal Mail make a profit?

offtoseethewizard64 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:01:20

They get paid to do it. They need all the money they can get or they will go out of business. Just 'file' it in the recycling. You will have something to complain about when we all have to go to a central place to collect our post as no one wants to deliver to every door, every day, for the same price regardless of distance. And think about the impact that will have on the environment, as everyone gets in their cars to collect their mail.

Nancy66 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:01:48

People don't use the post half as much as they used to - Amazon, email etc etc...

southeastastra Wed 19-Nov-14 12:01:53

they are paid to deliver the 'junk mail' to you.

who are they to identify what is junk to you?

tywysogesgymraeg Wed 19-Nov-14 12:02:22

Royal Mail get paid to deliver these documents, and they wouldn't survive without them. It's their bread and butter now that we don't write letters anymore, and everyman and his dog offer a parcel delivery service.

I think that they legally have to deliver your letters if they are adressed to you.
You need to take this up with the companies that produce the garbage mail in the first place.

goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 12:04:53

"who are they to identify what is junk to you?"

Anything that is not addressed to me.

Nancy66 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:05:37

you can opt out of receiving the unaddressed mail. Stuff addressed to 'the owner' or 'the occupier' .

To stop nuisance mail addressed to you by name then you have to contact the company direct.

There really isn't a lot you can do about leaflets (pizza menus etc) delivered by hand.

lem73 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:08:28

Yes I can't understand why people want to change for plastic bags but don't complain about the wastefulness of the unsolicited mail we all get every day.

tiggytape Wed 19-Nov-14 12:10:29

But why couldn't they survive without these deals.

Why can't Royal Mail make a profit?

It must be like a lot of things. We all want it to survive because when you do need it, it is very helpful to have a national postal service however few of us use it enough to help it make money. Fewer people send written mail, many people only send parcels at Christmas or not at all. Unless companies paid to use the service that exists, Royal Mail wouldn't have enough custom I assume.

Callmecordelia Wed 19-Nov-14 12:10:50


For goodness sake OP - here's the link to opt out of unaddressed mail delivered by Royal Mail.

I don't care about it - having worked in the industry, I know that they desperately need these contracts to survive. Competition, creaming off the more profitable business (bills, bank statements etc), has nearly done for them.

Comito Wed 19-Nov-14 12:11:28

You can opt out here. Be aware that you have to do it by post, it expires after two years and they don't send you a reminder.

Comito Wed 19-Nov-14 12:11:46


specialsubject Wed 19-Nov-14 12:12:21 has being sold-off cheap.

make the most of it folks - I can't see the post surviving for long.

goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 12:13:05

I wonder what will happen when they inevitably bring in charging for household refuse and recycling collections, by weight or per bag, like many other greener countries do?

Maybe people will see it as more of a nuisance when they have to pay to discard the junk.

I would happily go to a bi weekly delivery if it meant no more junk.

TheAlias Wed 19-Nov-14 12:17:36

The trouble is that once in a blue moon something is sent that does matter. e.g. most of the stuff about the digital switchover came by way of unaddressed mail. Not the biggest deal if we'd missed it but it would have been a nuisance.

BendyMum15 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:18:36

Just this morning I had two identical 'letters' from a charity and three identical 'letters' from TalkTalk!
I don't want one from each of them let alone two or three!
A lot of our neighbours have a no junk mail sign on their door and also seem friendly with the postie so wondering if I'm getting their share as well.

Hoppinggreen Wed 19-Nov-14 12:20:18

I don't understand why it's such an inconvenience. I pick it up, stick it on the side and next time I go out it gives in the Recycling. Not a problem at all

TheAlias Wed 19-Nov-14 12:21:50

I wonder how successful it is? I suppose the companies must think it's worthwhile but the vast majority of it goes in the recycling without being opened here. Doesn't matter how good the deal they're offering is because I'm not going to read it.

goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 12:24:36


"For goodness sake OP - here's the link to opt out of unaddressed mail delivered by Royal Mail."

No need to be snippy just because i didn't know you could opt out.

southeastastra Wed 19-Nov-14 12:25:06

yes bendymum i imagine the postman takes time to look though their mail and sort out the unsolicitored stuff then posts it through your door grin

CFSKate Wed 19-Nov-14 12:26:09

Royal Mail has warned that growing competition from Amazon will hit its UK parcels business, as it reported a 21% fall in first-half profits for the postal group.

TheAlias Wed 19-Nov-14 12:27:45

I don't know SouthEast, none of it's addressed, I imagine it would save postie some time to put several copies of the unaddressed letter through one box, especially if he had some "real" post to deliver there. That way he doesn't have to walk up every path if there's no other mail to deliver at that house.

Not saying it actually happens.....

goodnessgracious Wed 19-Nov-14 12:27:52

Hopping Green

"I don't understand why it's such an inconvenience. I pick it up, stick it on the side and next time I go out it gives in the Recycling. Not a problem at all"

I am not very mobile unfortunately, so it is a real pain for me to pick up and then dispose of.

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