ShopCLE: An onslaught of litter every Wednesday

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Video and photos of the streetscape after weekly distribution of the ShopCLE “shopper” throughout Cleveland Heights.

Week after week after week, they drive through our neighborhoods and toss thousands of bagged papers out the window without regard to where they land. Complaints to the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group, which publish this product, are ignored.

Have you ever wondered when a media product crosses the line to become litter? And when publishing becomes vandalism? Now you know.

Video by Bob Rosenbaum; Photos by Bob Rosenbaum; East Overlook photo by Sarah Wean

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?

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  1. says

    Thanks Bob for sharing this, I’ve posted this to both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group facebook pages. Hopefully something will happen. These inserts are a waste of paper, plastic and city trash collectors who people expect to pick them up – because no one on my street does and so they slowly degrade and melt into the grass and roads. Will the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group come and pick them up please? Or fish them out of the crumbling sewer system?

  2. says

    As a follow-up, by the end of November, the Cleveland Heights Law Department negotiated with the Plain Dealer for postal delivery of ShopCLE in the 44118 zip code. While the other two Cleveland Heights zip codes – 44106 and 44121 – were still receiving the free papers through the windows of a moving mini-van, the number of papers dropped on public property diminished significantly the last week of November and the first week of December.
    Then, on Dec. 9, the Plain Dealer announced that ShopCLE would cease publishing after the Jan. 27, 2016 issue. (http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2015/12/10/plain-dealer-to-halt-publication-of-shopcle-circular)
    That day, distribution of ShopCLE seemed to revert to its old habits, with a larger number of papers hitting sidewalks, treelawns and driveway aprons, rather than front yards and driveways where local ordinance requires.
    But bear with it; in another six weeks it will be over.

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