How to stop unwanted 'junk' mail

The following information is from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District's Guide to residential recycling.

The amount of junk mail sent each year in the USA is staggeringsome four million tons, nearly half of which is never opened. Reducing the amount of junk mail you receive will lessen the impact that junk mail production has on the environment.

Most companies and organizations sell your name and address unless you specifically ask them to stop. To remove your name from most mailing lists, send your name and address to:

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

Include your name and address in all the ways it appears on your junk mail. The Direct Marketing Association estimates that listing with their mail preference service will stop 75 percent of all national mailings to your address.

Requests to stop junk mail are kept active for five years and will not affect companies you have previously ordered from. It may take up to six months for a request to make a noticeable difference in your mailbox.

Click to read the entire guide to stopping junk mail.


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