Junk Mail Reduction


junk_mailJunk mail is a waste of time and resources.  More than 100 million trees are cut down every year to produce the 100 billion pieces of junk mail sent out to American households and businesses.


It’s good to recycle your junk mail.  It’s even better to stop getting it.
Stop Junk Mail


To reduce your junk mail, you need to reduce access to your name & address so that it won’t be traded or sold.  Make sure to opt out of promotional mail when you buy from catalogs, online or by phone.  There is often a box you can uncheck when you make internet purchases, for instances.

 

 

 


Households

  • Switch all your bills to electronic delivery
  • Decline promotional mail when you buy online
  • Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, www.dmachoice.org. This may reduce junk mail by 80%.
  • Visit www.OptOutPrescreen.com or call 1-888-567-8688 to opt out of credit card and insurance offers.  This site uses the credit bureaus to effectively stop junk mail and will require that you input your Social Security Number (it’s not a scam).
  • Check out www.catalogchoice.org to stop receiving unwanted catalogs – have the label info ready to speed up the process.
  • Opt out of phone books at www.yellowpagesoptout.com.
  • Eco-Cycle has a detailed list with more useful tips at www.ecocycle.org/junkmail.
  • Check www.stopjunkmail.org for a Stop Junk Mail Kit, sample form letters, and additional tips.

You can also contact each individual company that sends you solicitations.


Businesses
  • Dun & Bradstreet Customer Service Center:  1-800-234-3867; www.dnb.com
  • Info USA, Business Update Dept.:  1-800-321-0869; www.infousa.com

Useful Articles and Websites
Your mailing address is continually traded/sold.  Some processes will take up to 90 days to take effect, and others will need to be updated periodically.  You can sign up for services (for a small fee) at some of the above websites that will remove your name from mailing lists, and continually keep these requests up to date.