Stop the distribution of free newspapers
How many different free newspapers can you count that are distributed across Vancouver ... handed out at Skytrain stations, available in boxes on almost every street corner downtown and left in bundles for those of use who live in apartments and condos.
Many of these newspapers end up in garbage cans or tossed on the street creating litter.
My suggestion is for the City to ban the distribution of these free newspapers as people value what the pay for - if they really wanted them, they'd purchase them.
If the City isn't willing to ban these free newspapers, at the very least it should require the companies that distribute them to include a newspaper recycling box beside every metal distribution box.
Janine Brossard commented
They are a complete eyesore - on bus floors and streets.
Janna L. Sylvest commented
I'd caution against this initiative and others of a similar vein. The City should support curbside recycling, commercial, residential and in public spaces, very definitively, agreed ... but the City should not delve into the business of banning freedom of expression, an unintended outcome of banning free print. By the same measure, the printed word ought to be banned entirely, and Libraries closed!! Every green initiative must be balanced with consideration given to human culture, otherwise, arguably the best green initiative would be to get rid of us! We're the weed that's wreaked havoc in this, the "Carbon period" of world history. On a final note, the cost of newsprint does serve to self regulate the size of periodical publications to a certain extent. Advertising is the engine that fuels most free newspapers, and consumption is the engine that fuels advertisers: back to reduce, recycle, and reuse.