When trying to reduce or eliminate clutter, the topic of junk mail is inevitable. With more people using computers to make purchases, much of the catalogs, ads and other junk mail can be eliminated, if you know how to do it.
There are many good reasons to reduce what we know as junk mail. While many of us recycle, it is still better not to waste paper from the start. A whopping four million tons of junk mail is sent out every year in the United States. Even if you recycle, about half of US consumers do not.
Many banks, credit card and insurance companies that send monthly statements would prefer that customers go paperless. It saves them paper and postage. While the companies do not generally give the consumer any refund, it does reduce the amount of paper you receive.
Do Not Mail List is one spot where you can register to have your name removed from mailing lists. Unfortunately, you may have to register a few places in order to accomplish this goal and it might take months before you are removed from each list.
Catalog Choice will help you reduce waste by getting your name removed from catalog lists. If you buy things regularly from the catalogs, consider visiting the company online. You may find it faster and easier to buy that way.
Direct Marketing Choice is another company that will help shut down clutter by helping to reduce the amount of mail you get on a regular basis. Visit their site to register.
The following companies accept a letter (two accept calls) to be removed from their lists. You do need to send them some personal information in order to stop the mail. Send your name, address, phone number and date of birth.
Donnelley Marketing, Inc.
470 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Woodcliff , NJ 07677
901 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521
Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374
Innovis Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 495
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
According to the Federal Trade Commission you can call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com to have junk mail stopped. You will be required to give them some personal information, including your name, address, phone number, social security number and birth date. However, your information is kept confidential.
Since no one enjoys getting a lot of junk mail, the start of the new year is a perfect time to put an end to it.