Junk Mail Reduction
Junk 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- How to Cut Down on Unwanted Junk Mail – the New York Times