Diary of a junk mail campaigner
The Communication Workers Union has agreed a deal about the modernisation of Royal Mail. The cap on the amount of unaddressed mail Royal Mail may distribute has been scrapped.
Dr Junk Buster
Can I legally post junk mail back to Royal Mail by simply putting it in a postbox?
We have registered twice with Royal Mail to stop their junk mail being posted through our door. What legal rights can we put in place with their insistence to ignore this?
I completed Royal Mail's opt-out form about 2 months ago but it has made no difference. Is it possible that I am not registered? Will I receive confirmation that my request to stop junk mail has been actioned?
Does it really take six weeks before a registration with Royal Mail's opt-out becomes active? And, if so, does that mean I need to re-register after 2 years plus six weeks?
My postie told me he has to ignore my No Junk Mail sign. Why? What's the point of a polite sign when postmen are told to ignore them?
Guide to stamping out junk mail
Royal Mail's Door-to-Door Opt-Out is a free service that will stop unsolicited, unaddressed mail delivered by the postman. Signing up to the scheme is the single most effective measure you can take to reduce junk mail.
The Chief Executive of Royal Mail has tried to explain why postmen are forced to deliver leaflets to households with a 'No Junk Mail' sign on the door. Sticker schemes apparently are
uncontrollable and potentially open to abuse.
Royal Mail is still making a profit. Last year, the company delivered less addressed mail but this decline was more than compensated for by an increase in parcel volumes. Unaddressed mail volumes are also on the up.
Royal Mail is making a healthy profit again. Thanks to higher stamp prices and an increase in parcel deliveries the company earned £144m in the six months to September 2012. Junk mail volumes have increased only slightly.