Anti-junk mail postman keeps jobHe was suspended after giving opt-out advice
26 September 2006
A postman suspended after telling residents how to stop junk mail being delivered to their homes has kept his job.
Roger Annies, 45, wrote a leaflet about an option offered by Royal Mail for households which want to opt out of unsolicited mailshots delivered by postal workers. He circulated it during his rounds in the Barry area of South Wales.
When his bosses found out, Mr Annies was suspended. But following a disciplinary hearing, Royal Mail has now confirmed he’s kept his job.
The leaflet Mr Annies delivered to householders read: ‘As you will have certainly already noticed, your postman is not only delivering your mail; he/she also has to deliver some (anonymous) advertising material called door-to-door items. For the near future, Royal Mail plans to increase your advertising mail. This will mean a lot more unwanted post in your letterbox.
‘You may be interested in reducing your unwanted advertising mail, and reduce paper usage in order to help save the environment. If you complete the slip below and send it to the Royal Mail delivery office, you should not get any of the above-mentioned unwanted advertising.’
There are a number of ways you can cut down on junk mail you receive, and all these services are free.
You can opt out of 'door-to-door' unsolicited mail that Royal Mail distributes - items just addressed to 'The Occupier', with no address - by calling 0845 7950 950 or by emailing email@example.com..
If you want to opt out of addressed mailshots, you can sign up to the Mail Preference Service. This can remove your name from up to 95 per cent of direct mail lists. However, it won't stop mail that's been sent from overseas, or mail addressed to 'The Occupier'.
You may also get targeted by companies you've bought items from in the past, and by small, local companies. If you want these mailings to be stopped, you must notify the companies directly. It will take up to four months for the service to have full effect although you should notice a reduction before then.