What is on show in the photo is waste - magazines that have been topped. This newsagency is not required to return full copies so they remove the cover, leaving this pile of what is now waste to get rid of for themselves and at their own cost.
This is an environmental and economic problem yet the environmental issue is the one that could get action. No matter how newsagents dispose of topped magazines, even recycling them reflects a wastage that could be avoided through a better management of magazine production and distribution.
Multiply this photo by thousands of newsagencies and you can feel the scale of the problem, the trees and ink wasted – and the time wasted in small business newsagencies.
That the magazine distributors have allowed this to continue for decades is shameful.