Every day I collect the office mail from our PO Box at Manners St Post Office. Every day I am absolutely appalled at the amount of junk mail spilling from the bins placed around the post box room.
Admittedly, I was one of the ones when I first started that pulled all the glossy advertisements from my pile of mail and ditched them before I even left the post office… (naively) hoping that the bins were for recycling and not to be dumped.
When I mentioned how horrible I thought it was, Tobin (who works for NZ Post) said “you do know you can request no junk mail in your PO box right?” I was a bit stumped. Why on earth had I not thought of this myself? (In my defence, neither had the majority of the other PO Box users if the bins are anything to go by!)
So I marched up to the counter at NZ Post and told them where to shove their junk mail. Unfortunately that was not good enough and I was advised that I had to write a letter to the manager to stop the flow of shininess. (Bad shininess Kate 😉 )
Personally I don’t see why it requires a formal letter to the Manager. Well, I do actually… they make money from advertisers to be able to
destroy the earth distribute crap inform us of their products. Depressing.
So anyway, I wrote a letter and haven’t seen an advert since. Apart from all the ones that continue to litter the floor and clog up the bins. On World Environment Day I considered printing off a notice to stick up in the post box room informing people of their right NOT to be burdened with junk but didn’t go through with it because of
sheer laziness the fear of being caught and reprimanded. I still may take action.
In the mean time I advise all of you who have some connection to a post office box (and still receive junk) to write a letter to the manager of your post office and clear your
conscience post box. Make a stand for the environment and against rampant consumerism.
In aid of this I have drafted a letter which you can easily copy and paste into a word document and send off to your Manager. If you are even lazier than I am, you can just tell me your PO box number and post office I’ll do it for you. I can not be held responsible for any additions that may be added to the letter.
Here we go:
Dear Manager of the XXX branch of NZ Post,
In the interests of the environment I would like to request that I no longer am bombarded with glossy brochures and advertising in my post box 12345. I would also suggest that you make the process of opting out of receiving junk mail clearer to other post box users to save the hordes of fliers that I see so readily discarded in the bins in the post box room.
Love and kisses,
PO Box 12345
It’s the simple things people.