If I want to mail a letter, it’s 44 cents. Businesses and political groups, on the other hand, use bulk mail rates and pay 11 cents or less. It takes just as much, if not more effort to deliver each piece of discounted bulk mail, as it does a personal letter. Additionally, bulk mail, made up of promotions and solicitations, are delivered to me regardless, want them or not.
The majority of mail delivered is discounted bulk mail. The paper and ink used to create it are not environmentally friendly products and neither is the fuel used to move it around. Most of what is delivered is discarded, without a glance and winds up in landfills. The issue that delivering massive volumes of unwanted offers and opinions is a needless resource and energy wasting effort is magnified when we consider the cost is subsidized and encourages the waste.
I propose increasing the price for delivery of bulk mail to 44 cents, putting it on par with 1st class mail. That single act would reduce unwanted, wasteful volume, save trees, cut pollution, extend the life of landfills and reduce operational & maintenance costs for the Post Office. When we subsidize waste, we create problems that would not otherwise exist.