YOUR QUESTIONS: | Can I stop getting unwanted circulars?

Meltwater – In late 2020, Nic Esposito hit the streets of Philadelphia looking for printed advertisement litter. And he didn’t have to try too hard to find it. Esposito, the former director of the city’s now-defunct Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, scoured five neighborhoods in the city between Oct. 26 and Dec. 31, and found 1,019 pieces of printed advertising litter. Roughly 60% were circulars, and another 24% were menus. You know, like the kind you probably find left on your stoop regularly. “There were so many that were just left behind on people’s steps because they never knew they were there, or they were left at an apartment complex,” says Esposito, who is now head of cities at app company Litterati. “Then, you’ve got the ‘tragedy of the commons’ situation, where no one is responsible for it, so no one picks it up.”

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