Reducing junk mail gets clutter out of your mailbox and it saves money by reducing the costs of handling and recycling unwanted mail. Substantially reducing junk mail also saves saves energy and resources. In America, more than 100 million trees are cut down every year to produce 100 billion pieces of junk mail. It's good to recycle unwanted mail, but it's even better to opt out of getting any unwanted mail the first place.
To substantially reduce junk mail, you need to reduce access to your name and address so that it won't be traded, rented or sold to companies who send you unwanted mail.
How I Can Reduce Junk Mail
To be removed from direct mail registries, register at DirectMail or DMAchoice. It can take a few weeks for the flow of unwanted mail to stop since many mailings are already in print or production.
To discontinue unwanted catalogs, register at CatalogChoice or call unwanted catalogs to request removal. Oftentimes, companies are happy to take you off the list because it helps them save money by not printing unwanted catalogs.
To eliminate credit card promotional mailings, call 888-567-8688 (that is 888-5OPT-OUT) or visit the OptOutPrescreen website. You can choose between either a five-year removal or a permanent removal. For your personal credit cards, ask the company to place you on their "in house" list that is not sold or traded to other companies.