How it Works
Who pays for Letterboxer stickers?
The Letterboxer stickers are generously provided by Doubledot Media, a Christchurch web development company. There are also regional stickers paid for by city and regional councils. Stickers for use only in Canterbury are provided by Environment Canterbury. You might like to contact your local council to ask if they have a budget to produce no junk mail stickers.
How much junkmail does each home receive?
Ross Johnston from New Brighton, Christchurch has twice collected a year's worth of junk mail.
"I was curious to see how much mail came in the post, because I don't like waste", Ross Johnston told press.co.nz.
In 1992 he collected 51kg and in 2006 he collected a 1.7m tall stack of junkmail weighing 70kg.
Source: JUNK MAIL MOUNTAIN GROWS, Ian STEWARD. 6 January 2007, The Press (Christchurch)
What's happens to paper in landfill?
Christchurch residents throw away too much paper into the landfill. Paper waste represents 21% of the total waste stream. Burying paper and cardboard results in the release of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere with contributes to Climate Change. Carbon emissions from the breakdown of paper, cardboard and organic matter in the landfill amounts to the emissions generated from 33,000 cars each year.
This answer is from Christchurch City Council - Reduce Your Rubbish.
Why is junkmail bad if it can be recycled?
Although recycling helps reduce landfill, it isn't a sustainable solution. With each recycling session the wood fibres within the paper become more damaged. The same paper can only be recycled 5-7 times before the wood fibres become too short to be recycled again.
Who are the circular distributors in New Zealand?
The biggest distributors are ReachMedia and PMP Direct. This list is compiled from many sources and independently verified.
AdMail New Zealand Ltd
147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland City
PO Box 51565, Pakuranga, Auckland
Ph 0800 154174
Ph 09 376 9201
Ph 027 724 6390
38G McLean St, Fitzroy, New Plymouth
Ph 06 758 0397
Brochure Distribution Ltd
3 Durham Street, Picton, Marlborough
Ph 03 5736157
Circular A1 Distribution (NZ) Ltd
Level 1, 14 A Kitchener Road, Sandringham, Auckland City
Ph 09 8464415
Fax 09 849 2543
Circular Delivery Network Limited
1 Beverly Pl, New Lynn, Auckland
Ph 09 8261240
Circular Publicity Distributors
Level 1, 14 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, Auckland City
Ph 09 8464351
Note: Same address as Circular A1 Distribution (NZ) Ltd
Deltarg Distribution Systems Ltd
Now part of ReachMedia
Distribution Services Ltd
32 Church Cre Panmure Auckland
Ph 09 574 6535
146 Ulster St, Hamilton & Districts, Waikato & King Country
Ph 07 839 2211
ELITE CIRCULAR DISTRIBUTORS
PO Box 4152, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Ph 07 856 7126
9 Chrisnall St Stoke, Nelson
Ph 03 547 5492
Fax 03 547 4215
Independent Circular Distributor
44 Hobbs St, Waimataitai, Timaru
Ph 03 688 8656
INPUT 4 U
Ph 06 879 8106
PO Box 60005, Titirangi, Auckland
Ph 0508 448274
Kapiti Circular Deliveries
PO Box 434, Waikanae, Wellington
Ph 04 2934813
Now part of ReachMedia
MDL-Mailbox Distributors (NZ) Ltd
Ph 04 2325645
PO Box 743 Wanganui
Ph 06 3445300
106 Customs St, West Viaduct Basin, Auckland
Ph 0800 940 777
PO Box 106253, Auckland City, Auckland
PO Box 80011, Riccarton, Christchurch
Ph 0800 938666
Ph 0800 REACHUS
Fax 09 979 3194
28 North Rd, Nelson
Ph 03 5489973
Streets Ahead Distribution
Ph 0508 4 ITARGET
Ph 0800 359 377
The Star & Community News
293-307 Tuam St Christchurch
Ph 03-379 7100
Ph 07 3771498
Ph 03 547 2797
Fax 03 547 2794
What can I do when they ignore my sticker?
If you are receiving unwanted junk-mail despite having a sign on your letterbox you have some options available to you.
- Phone the New Zealand Marketing Association helpline between 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday for complaints on 0800 111 081. The two nationwide distributors, Reach Media and PMP both have designated staff members who check the Helpline register daily.
- Contact the advertiser directly to complain that their distributor ignored your sticker or sign.
- If the above steps fail try putting a second sticker on your mailbox.
How do I remove myself from named and addressed mailing lists?
Add your address to the New Zealand Marketing Association's Do Not Mail List which is used by the major distributors. You can get more information about the Do Not Mail Service by phoning 0800 222 332.
Who do I contact about dumped circulars and newspapers?
The Council is not responsible for picking up dumped circulars or newspapers, even if they are on a park or other Council land.
There are two main circular distributors in the City and although they are "in opposition" as it were with one another, they work together to try and rectify this problem and identify whose papers they are.
The 2 main companies are:
1. The Christchurch Star: Ph 3772427 or email email@example.com
2. Reach Media: Ph 0800 732-2487 or 0508 335-827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unsure who to contact, call the Christchurch Star and if they are not theirs, they will quite likely know who's responsibility they are.
This answer is taken from : Christchurch City Council, Who do I contact about dumped circulars and newspapers?
What's the law regarding junkmail?
There's no New Zealand wide law for distribution of printed mail however some regions have bylaws covering this. The included laws below are not complete, I am not a lawyer and the information provided does not constitute legal advice.
Auckland City Council Bylaw
22.13 Unsolicited mail
22.13.1 No person shall deposit , cause, permit or authorise the deposit of any unsolicited mail, circulars, leaflets, brochures or flyers:
1. in any letterbox which is clearly marked "no circulars", "no junk mail", "addressed mail only" or with words of similar effect;
2. on any vehicle parked in a public place;
3. in a letterbox that is already full of mail and/or advertising materials
22.13.2 Clause 22.13.1 shall not apply to any:
1. document from any government department or agency, local authority, network utility, political party or political candidate or any charity;
2. newspaper, community newspaper or community newsletter.
Bylaws Part 22 - Solid Waste (2006)
North Shore City Bylaw
Section 5 Offence to Deposit Unaddressed Unsolicited Material
4.95 Depositing unaddressed, unsolicited material
(1) No person shall Deposit, cause, permit or authorise the Deposit of any material other than solicited or addressed material in a letterbox marked “Addressed Mail Only”;
(2) No person shall Deposit, cause, permit or authorise the Deposit of any material other than solicited or addressed material and community newspapers, community news letters and public notices in a letterbox marked “Addressed Mail and Newspapers Only”;
(3) No person shall Deposit, cause, permit or authorise the Deposit of any unaddressed unsolicited advertising material including circulars, leaflets, brochures, magazines or flyers in a letterbox marked “No Circulars” or “No Advertising Material” or “ No Junk Mail”
(4) No person shall Deposit, cause permit or authorise the Deposit of any unaddressed unsolicited advertising material including circulars, leaflets, brochures, magazines or flyers on any parked vehicle, parked in a Public Place
(5) For the purposes of clauses 1, 2, 3 addressed means any mail or material that has a street address (i.e. street/road name and number) and unaddressed means any mail or material that does not have a street address i.e. street/road name and number.
(6) For the purposes of clause 3 advertising material, circulars, junk mail is any material which predominantly:
(a) offers to supply goods or services; or
(b) advertises or promotes goods or services; or
(c) advertises or promotes a supplier, or prospective supplier of goods or services; or
(d) offers to supply land, property or buildings or an interest in land, property or buildings; or
(e) advertises or promotes a supplier, or prospective supplier, of land, property or buildings or an interest in land, property or buildings; or
(f) advertises or promotes a business opportunity or investment opportunity; or
(g) advertises or promotes a provider, or prospective provider, of a business opportunity or investment opportunity;
but does not include:
i. any newspaper, community newspaper, community newsletter, community magazine;
ii. public notices from government bodies or territorial authorities;
iii. public notices from charities or charitable institutions;
iv. public notices from political parties, political groups and political candidates.
(1) Every person breaches this bylaw who fails to comply with:
(2) Every person who breaches this bylaw may be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000.
North Shore City Bylaws 2000. Part 4 : Solid Waste Management and Minimisation
We have the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act which covers email, instant messaging, TXTs & PXTs of a commercial nature. It does not cover faxes, Internet pop-ups or voice telemarketing. The Department of Internal Affairs enforces this and has an Anti Spam section on their website.
Industry Code of Practice
Almost all junkmail distribution companies belong to the New Zealand Marketing Association. Members voluntarily adhere to the Code of Practice - Distribution of Unaddressed Mail.
The code states that :
2.1 - Unaddressed mail, including brochures, flyers and business cards, must not be delivered to letterboxes where a sign requesting non-delivery is displayed;
2.2 - Unaddressed mail and free newspapers must not be delivered to letterboxes displaying an "Addressed mail only" sign.
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