Reduce Junk Mail
JUNK MAIL creates four million tons of preventable waste each year. The enormous waste generated by junk mail has a big negative impact. This junk…
- Costs taxpayers $320 million in disposal fees annually.
- Destroys 62 million trees a year.
- Creates 28 billion gallons of wastewater per year.
- Fills 3% of America’s landfills.
- 44% percent is unopened, unread and trashed.
Most junk mail companies get your name and information from just a few major mailing lists. By removing your name and information from these lists, you can cut the majority of the junk mail that clogs your mailbox and help to ease this wasteful practice. Here's who to contact to cut the junk:
- End unsolicited credit card offers by telling the major credit agencies not to sell your information to direct mail and credit card companies. You’ll need your address, former address within two years and your social security number.
Call 1-888-5 OPT OUT (or 1-888-567-8688) 24 hours a day.
Or fill out the online form.
- Add your name to the Do Not Mail List maintained by directmail.com. This is a free service.
- Add your name to the Mail Preference Service maintained by the Direct Marketing Association.
A $1 fee payable by credit card is used for verification purposes.
The DMA also maintains a Deceased Do Not Contact List that allows you to remove the names of any deceased relatives whose mail you are receiving.
- Notify specific companies or catalogues that you wish to be removed from their lists.
Call the number listed on the mailing or catalogue. Give them your catalogue or customer number, on the back of the publication.
Here are a few common mailers:
Local business & supermarket fliers: Each lose-leaf bundle of fliers, by postal regulations, must be delivered at the same time as an address card. Locate this address card, call directory assistance to get the phone number of the sender, and call to get off the list. These are the larger flyer agencies:
- ADVO Call 1-860-285-6100 to get off the list or send a postcard to "ADVO Consumer Assistance, POB 249, Windsor CT 06095-4176".
- Val-Pak Coupons: Click the link and fill out the form. Working email address is not necessary to submit form.
- Carol Wright Call 1-800-67-TARGET to get off the list.
Mailing list of major sweepstakes mailers:
- Publishers Clearinghouse. Call (800-645-9242) or by mail: Consumer & Privacy Affairs, Publishers Clearinghouse, 382 Channel Drive, Port Washington NY 11050; or by e-mail: email@example.com.
- Readers Digest Sweepstakes, phone (800-310-6261) or by mail: Reader's Digest, PO Box 50005, Prescott AZ 86301-5005.
The Consumers Research Institute maintains a Stop the Junk Mail toolkit for purchase to assist in contacting the places that send you junk mail.
- For Businesses, enroll in the EcoLogical Mail Coalition, an initiative to help companies reduce junk mail by removing ex-employees from outside mailing lists.
By taking these steps, you can free up space in your mailbox, and space in our landfills.
Just remember, any time you sign up for a new service or give out your personal information such as name, address and telephone number to a company, that information could be sold to other companies. Avoid giving out your information whenever possible.
With that in mind, it is difficult to end junk mail entirely. For the mail pieces that you do receive, be sure to recycle them. For more information about recycling paper, visit our paper recycling page.
Though less draining on natural resources, TELEMARKETER CALLS and ELECTRONIC JUNK MAIL are also annoying. Unwanted solicitations come in many forms, including telemarketing, spam e-mail and pop up ads. Defenses include:
- Registering with the official “Do Not Call Registry”
- Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission
For More Info Call:1-877-FTC-HELP
Information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.