St. Stephen – After complaints from residents, the mayor and council of St. Stephen are considering the creation of a bylaw which would regulate flyer delivery within the town.
Jeff Renaud, St. Stephen’s Chief Administrative Officer, made a recommendation to council on February 12 that they look at options other municipalities have used in order to deal with flyer delivery.
In 2003, the city of Ottawa enacted a bylaw which prohibits the delivery of flyers to address which display a “No Junk Mail” sign. It also requires that flyers be delivered in to mail receptacles, newspaper racks (like in an apartment building), or hung on door handles if they flyers are in a bag. Calgary followed suit in 2016, and Halifax enacted a similar bylaw last year.
St. Stephen Mayor Allan MacEachern confirmed council is working on the bylaw, and expects it to be completed in the coming months.
“Nothing’s been carved in stone yet,” said MacEachern, “but we are going to be getting rid of the litter on the ends of the roads, that’s for sure.”
MacEachern said that flyers will need to be delivered either on residents steps or in their mailbox, and that the bylaw will cut down on waste and litter, as well as ensuring that people will get a chance to read them.
He points out that flyers often stay at the ends of people’s driveways until they get wet and are no longer usable.
“They’re delivering flyers which aren’t getting read or even opened. That’s wasteful and damaging to the environment, at least you know that if it goes into a mailbox and the person wants it – then it’ll be used and looked at,” he said.
“I know for myself, I’ll see it at the end of my driveway and I’ll say in my head that I’ll just walk up and get it, but something distracts me and I’ll forget about it, and before you know it they pile up and they get ruined. And so how many people are doing that? And then there’s houses that no one’s even living in and there’s a pile of them at the end of the driveway.
MacEachern thinks the change will be better for the readers, better for the community, and better for the environment. He recognizes that the delivery drivers aren’t currently paid enough to delivery to mailboxes, but says that companies will have to negotiate their contracts differently.
“People advertise in it now, and plenty of those just go in the trash or rot outside. Delivering it to the door will be better for advertisers as well. There will be more people reading it.”