CBS Atlanta reported yesterday that the city of Atlanta has deemed the “AJC Reach” – a bunch of ads stuffed in a plastic sleeve – unlawful under the city’s ordinance litter law as a “handbill”, since it’s thrown onto the properties on subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Some residents around Atlanta dislike the tossed ads so much that they’ve created a website www.stopajcreach.com. [h/t: InDecatur]
In the segment, CBS attempted to get a response from the AJC on the city’s stance that if the newspaper didn’t change their method of delivery they would be cited. But it was to no avail.
A quick look through Decatur’s city code reveals a similar law…
Sec. 70-3. Same–Depositing, distributing on private property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute or deposit any handbills, advertisements, printed matter or rubbish upon any real property located in the city without the consent of the owner thereof.
(Code 1967, § 3-3)
I’ll verify with the city, but to me it sounds like the AJC Reach is also unlawful in Decatur.
Photo courtesy of www.stopAJCreach.com