The SF Examiner delivers thousands of unwanted newspapers across the city every Sunday. A large percentage, perhaps even most, get tossed out. Aside from the wasted newsprint, they are wrapped in plastic bags and delivered in gasoline vans - its not environmentally friendly. I take out the paper to recycle before throwing out the bag but when the bag is wet and ripped, its tempting just to toss it all. And I bet many people do.
You can request to stop delivery but they randomly start it up again every few months. I've stopped it at least 8 times over the years. And the website sucks.
San Francisco banned plastic bags & imposed a 10c charge for paper bags from stores in the name of environmentalism. Why do we continue to let this far greater problem exist?
The Examiner & others sending unsolicited advertisements should fund an independent "Do Not Call" style service. People enroll online or by phone. Every delivery to a Do Not Deliver address results in a large fine.