Junk Mail: Stop It


Stopping junk mail isn't easy.  It's worth the effort though.  It's got to stop.

FACTS ON JUNK MAIL (provided by www.nativeforest.org/stop_junk_mail)

  • The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.
  • Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail this year.
  • That's 4.5 million tons of junk mail produced each year.
  • 44% of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread.
  • Approximately 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
  • By the year 2010, it is predicted to make up about 48%.
  • 100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk mail.

 Professional Providers

greendimes.com
For just $20.00, this organization will stop all your junk mail and plant 10 trees on your behalf.  They monitor the lists and will refresh the service next year for $10.00. 

optout.com  (for pre-approved credit offers)
Optout is a service aimed at reducing identity theft.  The side benefit is less junk mail.  This service has a monthly fee.

41pounds.org
"The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year.  Our service stops 80-95% of unwanted catalogs and junk mail for you. We’ll contact dozens of companies on your behalf to STOP YOUR JUNK MAIL and PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. The cost for this service is $41.00 and lasts for 5 years. More than 1/3 of your fee goes to the environmental or community group you choose."  41pounds.org.

Do-It-Yourself

There are many tricks and services.  Here are a couple of tricks that we know will work.

  1. Each week, Batavians get a "shopLocal.com" packet of fliers and promos delivered to their home.  Printed below your address is an 800 number and email address to contact to be removed from their list.  The 800 number didn't work for me. The email address did.
  2. Call the 800 numbers on the catalogues that arrive at your home, give them your Source Code and Customer Number (usually highlighted on the catalogue) and confirm your address.   When you do this, you need to specifically ask, “What other lists can you remove me from?”  Many of these call centers have access to a variety of catalogues.  It takes 6 months to stop the mailings since catalogues are printed months in advance.
  3. When you get an unwanted solicitation with a prepaid postage envelope inside, write a note on their application requesting to be removed from their mailing list and then stuff all the unwanted paper into the return envelope.  Mail the junk back to them -- on their dime :)
  4. Use these on-line resources to help you.

nativeforest.org/stop_junk_mail
This service gives more ideas, more places to call to end this madness.  They also wrote "The Facts On Junk Mail" outlined above.

catalogchoice.org
This service helps you to eliminate your unwanted catalogues without all the phone calls.  It looks like it's free.