Unfortunate Signs 3: totally wasted data?

Four copies of a free newspaper on the floor of a District Line train in London. The paper has 52 pages, with type faces as small as 6pt. Some of the pages are totally taken up with adverts – eg for half price shelving bays.
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Others provide an idiosyncratic mixture of news ‘in brief’, or social gossip. The latter page has about 600 words on it and seven photographs.
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At Temple station, like many others, is a stand full of copies of the paper for travellers to take.
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Just outside the station is a bank of bins for disposal of waste paper. The average ‘life’ of a free paper is presumably only a few minutes; but like fish they hatch out in their millions before they are swallowed by these grim predators..
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Three questions:
– how much information is produced to be simply ignored? Does this make the world a better or a poorer place? (I don’t know, I’m asking.)
– why are our trains so untidy?
– how many trees are cut down each day for this? (recycling the paper does not bring the tree back.)

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