Post service won't spare blushes in saving planet
Published 02/04/2010 | 05:00
FINLAND'S postal service is to begin opening household mail and sending scanned copies of letters by email to cut costs and pollution, writes Bruno Waterfield.
Not even the most intimate love letters, payslips, overdue bills and other personal messages will be spared.
The service, aimed at cutting the number of postmen and reducing CO2 emissions, is being offered on a voluntary basis initially. Volunteers will receive an email or text message as soon as their paper mail has been opened, scanned and sent as an electronic image to a secure digital mailbox.
The "highly automated" process of converting of letters into electronic documents will be conducted in "special, secured premises", where staff are bound by strict confidentiality obligations. (© Daily Telegraph, London)