Every year the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 90 billion pieces of advertising mail, using nearly 100 million trees. Most of this mail is unwanted, or “junk” mail. Recycling junk mail is a good start, but it’s even better to stop getting it in the first place! For tips on reducing junk mail go to Stop Junk Mail or to Opt-out of telephone book delivery visit National Yellow Pages Opt-Out.
Don’t let your name get on mailing lists
When you buy from catalogs over the phone or online, make sure to let the company know you don’t want them to sell your name or send promotional materials. Order forms often provide a check box or similar to let you “opt-out” of future promotional offers.
Contact Companies and Organizations Directly
To stop receiving mail from specific sources, call the number on the catalog or the customer service number of the organization or business. Request that your name be removed from their mailing list. You can also make your request via e-mail from the company’s website or send in a written request.
Tip: It is easier for the organization to remove your name if they have the exact copy of your address label. Have it handy when you call or include it in your written request.
Sign Up for the Mail Preference Service
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is the single largest provider of mail lists. Getting off their master list is the most effective junk mail prevention step you can take.
You can make the request online at DMAChoice or send a letter with your mailing address and removal request to:
DMA Mail Preference Service
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
*Note that there is a $1 fee for this mail-in service
CatalogChoice also offers a free Mail Preference Service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.