Since Last November, Richard Lee Sparks has been collecting those yellow bags you get on your porch every week.
As of now, he has a whole garbage can filled with them.
Stuffed inside the bag is a shopper guide that most people throw away without even looking at. Multiply the bags distributed in the city and “you get an environmental disaster,” Sparks said.
Sparks wants to see the door-to-door delivery of shoppers stopped and has asked the City Council to adopt a law to prevent the distribution of handbills.
“These unsolicited flyers and the act of distributing them has become nothing short of littering, (and) are a grave indication of residential vacancy, and is a continuous wasting of valuable resources,” Sparks said in a recent letter he submitted to the council.
On a windy day, many of the flyers end up on the streets and into lots.
But what might prevent the adoption of a law to stop the distribution of flyers is our constitutional right to Freedom of Speech.
Sparks, who is a member of the city’s recycling committee, conceded that could be a hurdle, but he stressed the flyers have crossed a line from protected speech to just being a commercial enterprise. He said he will work with the city manager to hammer out an ordinance and hopes to have a law adopted within the next few months.