From the letters page in the Standard
I felt very concerned after reading a letter on your letters page regarding Junk Mail. While I agree that the amount of junk mail we receive is irritating, the answer is not to stuff it all back into the post box as this is very spiteful as not only does it cause problems at the sorting office it ultimately causes delays for other people’s post – people who have done nothing wrong.
Junk Mail although helps to keep the price of postage down. What with e-mails, people paying bills by direct debit, and the use of the internet etc the Postal Service needs the revenue created by Junk Mail, otherwise it will either close the services which would be a disaster, or increase the price of postage even further.
If charity bags cause the writer a problem perhaps he should do what I do. Which is either leave them outside for reuse on the due collection day or use them as bin liners for his kitchen waste bin – I find them a great asset not only for this purpose but for many others as well.
I might add that I do occasionally fill the charity bags with useful items of clothing and bric a brac ready for collection by the appropriate charity. But, I haven’t enough unwanted clothing to fill them all!
Junk mail is a small inconvenience to keep the Postal Service afloat and therefore I hope the previous writer will read this letter and think again before stuffing his unwanted mail back into the post box.
Olwen Bellis – Chester resident