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Unsolicited advertisement could soon be banned in Thorold

Councillor says he has had enough of free newspapers on his front yard
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Bag-and-toss deliveries have caused complaints among residents, councillor Anthony Longo said. Photo: Ludvig Drevfjall/Thorold News

A local city councillor has had enough of unsolicited advertisement thrown onto his front lawn.

Anthony Longo says he is planning to pass a bylaw, banning bag-and-toss deliveries of free papers in Thorold.

"I walked out to my driveway this morning, and there was stuff thrown up and down my entire neighbourhood," said Longo to Thorold News.

The move would directly impact weekly Metroland publication Niagara This Week, who distributes a Thorold-St. Catharines edition among other titles.

"If someone wants the Toronto Star in the morning, and have it delivered to their lawn, it's fine. But I don't want Niagara This Week throwing their garbage onto my yard," he continued.

He says residents in several neighbourhoods have voiced their displeasure with the bag-and-toss deliveries spread out on driveways and lawns.

Longo said meetings with the publisher of Niagara This Week about the littering complaints have been fruitless, leading him to now take it to the next council meeting, where he hopes to have the bylaw passed immedeately.

Thorold News requested comment from Niagara This Week on the bylaw but have not heard back.