Junk mail may become a thing of the past if a proposed littering bylaw is adopted by Auckland Council.
The council plans to ban unwanted and unaddressed mail such as advertising material, clothing donation bags, circulars, leaflets, brochures and flyers because it adds to the community litter problem, a spokesperson told media.
A council committee yesterday heard concerns from North Shore groups on the proposed littering bylaw.
The proposal states that no one, except official agencies, can post unaddressed mail to letterboxes marked "no circulars" or "no junk mail."
But voluntary community groups fear it will prevent them handing out their material, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Campbells Bay Community Association chairman Max Thomson asked the committee to broaden any new bylaw to exempt community organisation newsletters and notices.
The planned bylaw was also criticised by the Marketing Association.
Spokesman Keith Norris said distributing ‘junk mail’ employs 9000 New Zealanders and revenue exceeds $80 million a year.
"Our preference is for no bylaw and council leaving it to the national code of practice," said Mr Norris.
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