Resident wants recycling bins outside the post office


One woman’s fight to keep ad mail out of the garbage is growing.

Becca Amendola was “persistently complaining” for weeks about the papers being thrown out in the Petrolia post office’s garbage can only to be told Canada Post is not required to recycle. Officials at the district office also told her they would not put a recycling bin in the foyer by the mailboxes because it wants to encourage people to take the flyers of their customers home to read. Placing a recycling box there would allow them to simply drop them without looking at them.

After weeks of Amendola’s complaining, Canada Post removed the garbage. That lead to people leaving what they didn’t want on the sorting table.

The pile of garbage still appears each day, but volunteers and town residents take some of it away each day. Amendola finds the garbage can outside the post office is now often full.

She’d like to see the town add a recycling bin to the area to give people incentive to recycle the flyers. “My only concern is where it is going now…I want to try to get recycle bins for the main street,” she says

And she says, she’s found this is a problem across Canada and she hopes other environmentalists will take up the cause in their communities to encourage people to recycle, not throw out the mail they don’t want.

“I’m pretty damn positive this is a national issue.”