If you have a sticker on your mailbox that reads Addressed Mail Only, No Circulars or something similar and you're still receiving unaddressed advertising mail, you can report this by emailing the complaints department of the two major distributors.
The major distribution companies keep a very close eye on whether it's one of their contractors who has delivered the material. By providing details of what you have received, they will be able to identify who is responsible and take quick action to remind their delivery staff of the importance of respecting the mailbox signs.
You can also report the dumping of bundles of material.
Again, please be specific - it will speed up the collection of the material.
If you have a "No Junk Mail" (or similar) sticker on your mailbox and unaddressed advertising material is still being put in it, you can report it by emailing either company below.
Reach Media: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you give details of what your mailbox sign says as well as what's been delivered.
Both of these service providers are committed to ensuring that you do not receive unwanted advertising circulars.
The National Code of Practice for the Distribution of Unaddressed Mail is supported by the two major distributors - Reach Media and Ovato - who are committed to making the Code work. This code explains exactly what unaddressed mail can be delivered to your mailbox.
Some cities have introduced Waste Management Bylaws which include rules on Unaddressed Mail. These rules are, in most cases, the same as those in the Code for Unaddressed Mail.
Aha! The $64 million-dollar question! The answer, of course, is that it depends entirely upon your personal views. Some people say they love receiving unaddressed advertising flyers because that's how they make their shopping choices. Others only want to receive their community newspaper and mail addressed to them, while others don't even want the newspaper. So, the sticker you display should reflect your wishes.
You will notice a reduction in the amount of unaddressed material when you have a sticker on your mailbox. However, there could still be small local businesses, church or community groups, for example, who continue to deliver their advertising/promotional material into mailboxes in their local neighbourhood, believing that they are providing a useful service.
If it's not of interest to you, the best thing to do is put it into your recycling bin.
Most hardware stores stock a range of inexpensive stickers but you can also make your own sign if you prefer. We recommend you have it laminated to protect it from the weather.