Junk Mail

mailboxDo you open your mailbox each day to find it stuffed with unsolicited mail, catalogs, credit card applications, and advertisements? The best way to reduce unwanted mail is to stop it at the source. Taking some time to make a few phone calls or writing a note will save you a lot of time sorting through your daily mail.

  • The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined
  • 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened
  • On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives


Recycle the junk mail you do receive. Put all paper, including junk mail and catalogs, in your curbside or office recycling container.

Tame the Paper Tiger

The best way to handle junk mail is to STOP IT BEFORE it reaches your house. Visit some of these great websites for information on how you can “Tame the Paper Tiger!”

Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition http://stopjunkmail.org/

Stop Junk Mail at 41pounds.org http://www.41pounds.org/

Do It Yourself: Stop Junk Mail, Email, and Phone Calls http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/

Federal Trade Commission “Just Say No”  http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm

CalRecycle Reduce Junk Mail http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/reducewaste/home/junkmail.htm

Get Off National Mailing Lists

Contact the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) to register your name and address with their Mail Preference Service (MPS). The MPS will filter your name from mass mailings, significantly decreasing your direct mail load. Visit them online at www.DMAchoice.org

Keep in mind, the DMA will not stop mail from companies you do business with, charitable organizations, or commercial organizations that do not use MPS. Contact those companies directly to request their procedure to remove your name from their marketing lists.

Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512

Online https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action

Reduce your direct mail by “Opting Out” of credit reporting agency list name sales. By opting-out, you remove yourself from marketing lists sold to businesses by the three national credit bureaus. It’s a simple process. Simply call 1-888-567-8688 and follow the automated instructions. You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail, which you must send back to the credit bureaus to confirm your request.

You can also opt out online at www.optoutprescreen.com.

Reduce Coupons, Ads, Product Samples

If you don’t want these items, check for the name of the company distributing the item. Write or call and ask that your address be removed from the company’s lists. These companies include:

Advo (ShopWise)
Valassis Direct Mail, Inc
Consumer Assistance
P. O. Box 249
Windsor, CT 06095

Online at http://www.valassis.com/1024/Contact/contact_home.aspx

Harte Hanks (PennySaver)
Harte Hanks Direct Marketing
Attn: Consumer Preferences
C/O Pennysaver
2830 Orbiter Street
Brea, CA 92821

Online at http://ecom.pennysaverusa.com/mailinglist/removalform.aspx

Val-Pak Coupons
8605 Largo Lakes Dr.
Largo, FL. 33773

Online at http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm

No More Catalogs

Start by registering at Catalog Choice https://www.catalogchoice.org/

Abacus Alliance shares information between catalog vendors. You can opt out of their database at http://www.abacusoptout.com/