Most of you have noticed that as of 2 or 3 months ago, houses in the borough are once again having store circulars delivered to them. And once more, these circulars aren't being brought inside and are littering the whole town. We're getting back to looking the way all the naysayers expect Norristown to look and we'd better nip it in the bud quickly.
Frankly, I don't mind the circulars--I like getting the
ones for the stores I go to each week. I recycle the rest, and the plastic bag can be recycled with grocery store bags.
Most homeowners I know bring
the circulars inside the day they show up, though not all, which I don't
get. Why would you want your property to look like a trash heap?
main problem seems to be the landlords. As I've said before, the
majority of housing units in Norristown are rented. If tenants don't
take in the circulars--and many of them don't--only a handful of the
landlords will pick them up, even if they visit regularly. It's like
they're both waiting for the other to make the first move. Worst yet
are the rental houses that are between tenants, like the one next to me.
I'm hearing the same thing from residents all over town. A lot of
landlords just let the circular packages and other trash collect on
their properties. Isn't that a Codes issue? Why isn't anyone being
cited? We could be making a fortune in fines.
Still, you can't
blame Council for this one. They tried to remedy the problem by
outlawing the circular packages, which is why we didn't get them for so
long. But the company who distributes the blasted things sued
Norristown, so the circulars are back.
Council DID give us
an out. If you don't want to receive the packages, place a sign “no
larger than 18 inches by 6 inches” on your property that reads “No
Solicitation or Handbills.” (Hey, landlords, you can do this, too.) If
the company continues to deliver them, report them and they'll be fined
$600 to $1000 for each property where they distribute unwanted
advertisements. I'd suggest putting your sign inside a window or door
glass, where it'll be protected from the elements, otherwise you might
find yourself being fined for not maintaining the sign. The posting will
also apply to slips of paper put in your door handle--restaurant
take-out menus, etc., but not political handbills. We're stuck with
If you have a problem landlord who lets trash collect, feel
free to print out this article and put it in his mailbox (though he'll
probably just let it blow all over--maybe mail it to his residence
instead). Or you can do what I'll be doing from now on. Until another
tenant moves in next door, I'll do the neighborly thing and bring in
nextdoor's package to recycle when I bring in my own. Unless the
distribution company sues me for that, too.
Or how 'bout we organize a weekly town bonfire? I'll bring the marshmallows.