- The average American household receives over 500 pieces of advertising mail each year.
- More than 100 million tree’s worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year.
- This is equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
- Junk mail produces approximately 1 billion pounds of landfill waste each year.
- Even though most junk mail can be recycled, 5.8 million tons of catalogs and other direct mailings end up as trash.
- The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year.
Junk mail should be recycled with your regular paper recycling at curbside or take it to:
Simple ways you can reduce your unwanted mail:
- If you would like to have a company personally detect and end all junk mail mailings by 80-95%, then contact
- 41 Pounds at http://www.41pounds.org For $41 (2 cents at day) they will contact 20-34 direct mail companies to remove your name from their distribution list. This includes credit card application companies, coupon mailers, and all magazine offers.
- Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service. Visit them at http://www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offmailing You can register on-line or through the mail. The DMA website walks you through both processes. There is a $1 charge to register with DMA Mail Preference Service.
- Credit offers. The nation’s major consumer credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union have established a toll-free number to get off lists for credit card solicitations. The recording will ask for your social security number, full name, address, and telephone number. 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) http://www.optoutprescreen.com/
- Val-Pak. Call 1-800-661-0959. Press “O.” Leave your name, address, city and zip code in the general delivery mailbox. Or, visit their website at http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionFormhttp://
Last Update: 01/27/12