Monday, October 8, 2007
The Dutch may . . . choose not to get junk mail. They have a simple solution: mailbox stickers. If they want to receive mail addressed only to "resident," they post a "Ja" decal, meaning "yes." If they don't want unsolicited fliers, ads, and credit-card offers, they post a "Nee" sticker, for "no."
--Quoted from Rick Steves' weekly column
Actually, it's a bit more complex than that. As explained on the Linux Journal, "the first JA (Yes) or NEE (No) indicates the person's preference for receiving unaddressed, flyer-type advertisements. The second JA or NEE is the preference for receiving free publications. Stickers in all combinations of yes/no are available."
You can read more about this great idea on the Stop Junk Mail Blog - which is mostly focused on the U.K., but the founder of that web site is a Dutchman who worked as a postman in the Netherlands.