I guess it didn’t occur to me that the University of Idaho was in the business of delivering junk mail, but the university announced today that it’ll stop doing that on Jan. 1. “The university processes and distributes a large volume of bulk mail, almost all of which is immediately thrown away,” the UI reported in a press release today. Bulk mail is defined as discounted business mail of at least 200 pieces that is sorted by zip code. University officials said that includes large volumes of unsolicited catalogs, credit card pitches and sales ads that descend on the university each day from off-campus sources.
“Delivering bulk mail consumes valuable staff time, increases fuel and equipment use, and increases the volume of waste that must be processed," said Darin Saul, sustainability coordinator for the university. "Not only does it waste staff time, it wastes the University of Idaho's money." From Jan. 1 on, junk mail at the university will be sent straight to recycling, “rather than distributed across campus to be thrown in the garbage.”