How to get rid of junk mail. A great way to start out the new year is to work on reducing your junk mail. Every coupon pack and catalog we receive is just a temptation to spend money and while we may try to dispose of it immediately it invariably piles up.
Save on trash removal cost and save trees
Also if you pay for trash removal getting rid of junk mail is an added expense. Beyond that it’s a waste of trees, ink, fuel and manpower costs to produce and deliver something that just ends up in the recycling bin or worse a landfill.
Spend the time and eradicate a great deal of it
All that said stopping junk mail can be a time consuming task. However once you do it you can successfully eradicate a great deal of it. You will never get rid of all of it.
Call, write, email and maybe you’ll succeed
The best approach might be to sign up for all of the following free services. Then wait a few months and see what you are still receiving and then contact those companies directly to try to get off their lists. All of the following options are free.
- National Do Not Mail List: Sign up for the “do not mail” list of the Direct Marketing Association, which represents most, but not all, junk mailers.
- The Direct Marketing Association via DMACHOICE.org. You can request to stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category or from an entire category at once. This covers Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers.
- To reduce or stop credit card offers use OptOutPrescreen.com. You can opt out for five years or permanently online or by calling: 1-888-567-8688. If you opt out permanently you will have to mail in a form.
- Sign up for Catalog Choice to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.
- Complete and file a PS Form 1500 (PDF, Download Adobe Reader) at your local Post Office to prevent, or stop, receiving sexually oriented advertising in your mail.
- The DMA Mail Preference Service costs $5; registering by mail is free. This service removes you from direct mail lists in January, April, July, or October depending when they receive your request. You are removed from the list for five years. I could not get the website to work.
Take preventative measures
Your name and address is a valuable commodity to be rented or sold without your knowledge or permission. You’ll have to be proactive to reduce junk mail.
- Don’t sign up for anything. If something requires an address in order to get through to another area of a website use a non-valid address such as omitting one or more digits of your street address.
- You will have to opt-out directly with the banks you do business with on an annual basis or they will keep selling your information. All banks are required to send an opt-out mailing each year. If you tossed it you can call to opt-out.
- Convert all your bills to online. This reduces overall mail plus companies stuff bills with junk mail that you have to deal with.
- Subscribe to newspapers and magazines online. These are also filled with sales ads and junk mail.