Ministers pressed to take action on junk mail
Tuesday 05 September 2006
Ministers faced pressure last night to take action to tackle the scale of junk mail being delivered to British householders each year .
Norman Baker, the chairman of the Parliamentary all-party environment group, said he was writing to Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to demand tighter controls on direct mail, after Government figures showed that more than 21 billion pieces of promotional material were posted through letterboxes each year.
Mr Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, who unearthed the figures, said he would also write to the chief executive of Royal Mail, Adam Crozier, to ask what the postal giant could do to achieve a reduction in the quantity of mail.
The Government will report this month on whether it has reached the target to recycle 30 per cent of junk mail that ministers set in 2003.
Under voluntary agreements, direct mail companies accepted a target to recycle 30 per cent of unwanted post by the end of 2005 and 70 per cent by 2013. However, only 13 per cent of direct mail was recycled by the end of 2003, increasing to a quarter in 2004.
Concern about the 65 per cent increase in junk mail since 1997 has increased because of the case of a Royal Mail postman, Roger Annies, who faces a disciplinary hearing after advising customers on his round how to avoid receiving junk mail.
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have called for reductions in junk mail, amid warnings that each household receives around 168 pieces each year.
Last night Mr Baker said attempts at voluntary agreements to reduce the environmental impact of junk mail had been a failure.
He said: "It is clear that voluntary efforts to reduce junk mail simply have not worked because it is not in the interests of Royal Mail to make it work.
"This requires government intervention as well as a more rigorous approach by Royal Mail. I shall be writing to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to ensure that more is done."
Mr Baker said he wanted to see a reduction in the quantity of direct mail as well as greater recycling rates. "This is about a reduction in junk mail, not just recycling. It is much better environmentally to reduce consumption rather than just recycle mail," he said.
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 4 Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Sally Farmiloe dead: Howards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, dies aged 60
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
Australian model Robyn Lawley stages naked protest against huge coal mine seven times the size of Sydney Harbour
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >
£21804 - £31868 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Qualified and experi...
£21588 - £31552 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Exceptional teacher ...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Would you like to be part ...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: We are currently recruitin...