I have delivered free newspapers, so perhaps I can be of some help here.
Unfortunately there have been so many instances of delivery people dumping the papers, that the employers have become very suspicious. They are constantly checking up on the deliverers (I once had a distribution manager follow me around, calling on every 3rd of 4th house to see if I had actually delivered there).
But nobody wants to deliver something which really is not wanted. So if you don't want the "Daily Blah" then put a notice ON YOUR LETTERBOX saying "Please do NOT deliver the Daily Blah". Don't put it in the window, don't put in on your gate (but see exception below). Remember that delivering papers is not the most stimulating job and the person doing it probably has his mind on something else! If your notice is not directly in his line of vision he probably won't register it. He isn't ignoring you. He isn't being deliberately difficult. He simple doesn't "see" anything but the letterbox.
The exception is the "long delivery". If the approach to your house is up a drive that is 1/4 of a mile long, or there are 106 steps to climb to your front door then put a BIG notice on your gate saying (politely) "Please do NOT deliver the Daily Blah" - and we will be happy to leave you out. But if I have already walked up that 1/4 mile drive, or climbed those 106 steps and THEN I see your notice I will probably deliver it anyway. After all, I've already done the work so I might as well do the delivery and get paid. If I am on the same round next week, I will probably remember that you don't want it and pass you by, but if somebody else does that particular round and they climb the 106 steps, they are going to deliver it just as I would.
The notice on your letterbox needs to be precise. Newspaper deliverers do not regard the newspaper as "junk mail". So a sign which says "No Junk Mail" will probably be ignored. To the deliverer the logic is inescapable - you are saying that you don't want any junk mail, but this isn't junk mail, it's a newspaper! I once had a householder call the police because he had a "No Cold Callers" notice on his door and I had still delivered the paper. The police spoke to me and ASKED me not to call there again - then went off to explain to the householder that delivering free papers is not the same as cold calling, which is why I ignored his notice.
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