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100 billion pieces of junk mail travels through the mailing system of the United States, according to the US Postal Service. That’s 2.6 million trees a year, or nearly1 billion pounds of landfill waste. By these estimates, enough junk mail is produced to reach the moon every 5 days.
Below you’ll find 4 simple steps toward ridding your mailbox of junk mail.
Register your name with the direct marketing association’s mail preference service at www.dmachoice.org and you’ll be added to their “do not mail” database.
Opt-out of pre-approved credit card, mortgage, and insurance offers by using the online form at www.optoutprescreen.com. Note: you do NOT need to enter your SSN for this to work.
3. Remove Your Name
Remove your name from Abacus, an alliance of catalog and publishing companies, by emailing them at email@example.com and requesting removal. Include your full name (with middle initial) and your complete address.
4. Call the Company
If you are still receiving mail after going through steps 1-3, pick up a phone and directly contact the companies from whom you receive unwanted mail. You can also find a sample form letter at www.ecofuture.org to print, fill out, and mail to companies to request being removed from paper mailing lists.