So I moved house in Canberra about 2 years ago.
For a fair time after moving I received, on average, 10 letters a week addressed to the previous residents of the house. For the first 6 months or so I made the effort to write ‘Not at this address’ on the front of the envelope and pop the mail back in an Australia Post box once a week.
Doing this was annoying. Australia Post has a service, which doesn’t cost much at all, that redirects your mail. I have always paid for this service when moving house, as I don’t think it is reasonable to expect that the people who moved into my old abodes should be expected to redirect my mail.
After about 6 months I got fed up and just piled the letters up, doing a bulk post of these letters every now and then. I’m getting sick of doing this. Admittedly, quite a few senders realised that they should stop sending mail to the previous residents to my address. Nonetheless, I’m still receiving at least 3 letters a week for these people.
So, my questions are… am I forever obliged to redirect these letters? What are the laws regarding dumping this mail? What if I just ‘don’t see’ their letters in my letterbox and they happen to get eaten by snails? What strategies do other people use to deal with the influx of un-redirected mail?
My thinking is, if it’s against the law not to ‘return to sender’, it should also be against the law not to redirect your mail when you move.
As for those of you who don’t redirect their mail.