They contain little real news between them and as they are mostly left on public transport or dropped in the street, I'll readily wager that the majority of copies end up in landfill.
Just as we know charging for carrier bags reduces their disposable use, so we should end the profligacy of the free newspaper. It is a flabbergasting amount of waste for no real benefit.
On the bus recently I was reading the Metro and saw they'd devoted half a page to the story of someone who wants to 'encourage readers to do something useful with their old newspapers'.
She takes Metro stories, embeds them with flower seeds and uses them as a base in compost-filled flower pots.
Quite why she can't just plant the seeds and miss out the Metro isn't explained, but hey, at least she's composting the paper instead of seeing it landfilled. Except she's not.
The 21-year-old makes the displays by pasting selected stories - printed from Metro's e-edition using vegetable-based inks - on to special paper made by Creative Paper Wales.
With all those millions of copies a day left on public transport and pavements destined for landfill, she's actually adding to paper demand. And this is something good?
I fucking give up.