As Kay Stephenson of “Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful” mentioned in our neighborhood’s private social network back in September, the AJC has been up to their old tricks. In a nutshell: the AJC has so few paid subscribers to the print edition of the newspaper, that they have resorted to unbundling the ads, putting them into plastic bags, and dumping them by the hundreds of thousands on streets, sidewalks and driveways of people who don’t subscribe to the AJC – who never requested them. These end up creating a huge amount of litter in the neighborhood and all around metro Atlanta.
Some of you may remember that in 2010, the AJC and the Virginia-Highland Civic Association came to an agreement that the AJC would permanently cease dumping “AJC Reach” or other ad circulars in the neighborhood, unless specifically requested by individual residents.
The AJC recently broke their agreement and that ticked me off.
This week we spoke with Joe McKinnon, Vice President, Fulfillment at the AJC (770-263-3805; firstname.lastname@example.org); Willie Leonard who runs the Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach program at the AJC (email@example.com); and Robert McDonald of ACI Circulation (404-849-1337; firstname.lastname@example.org), who is in charge of quality control for the company that handles circulation of Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach. Here’s what we know:
– Mr. McKinnon, Mr. Leonard and Mr. McDonald committed this week that the AJC will resume honoring its 2010 agreement with the Virginia-Highland Civic Association to not distribute Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach ad circulars in the streets, sidewalks, gutters, driveways/yards, etc in the neighborhood, unless specifically requested by individual residents.
– Mr. McKinnon of the AJC said that he will personally see to it that this problem is resolved and that the AJC will stop distributing Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach ad circulars in the streets, sidewalks, gutters, driveways/yards, etc in Virginia-Highland, unless specifically requested by individual residents.
– Mr. McDonald of ACI said that he would send a crew to do a sweep of the neighborhood yesterday, to remove any of the ad circulars still out from Sunday’s distribution.
– Mr. McDonald of ACI blamed the broken agreement on human error, and said that if there is ever any problem in the future, to call him directly, and he invited me to share his phone number in my update to our neighborhood.
– Anyone in our neighborhood who wants to receive Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach ad circulars can continue to receive them. If you want to have the AJC deliver Buyer’s Edge Select / AJC Reach at your residence, call the AJC’s “customer care department” at 404-522-4141 and they will add you to their delivery list.
– And at the same time, this should put an end to the widespread littering by the AJC in our neighborhood in Virginia-Highland.