I grabbed one of these handy informational kits the other day…I was happy to come across it. I don’t know about everyone else, but I receive a ton of junk mail. It seems like each month gets worse. I open up my mailbox to only find a couple letters or bills for me and the majority of my mailbox is packed with flyers, junk credit card letters, etc. I’m tired of having to through it out and take up space in my trash can. Imagine taking all of your junk mail for one month and letting it stack up. How much would you have? Oh my..it’s a lot. So, how can you reduce the amount of junk mail? Well lets start off by finding out how it happens:
Every time we give out our name and address for a publication subscription, register to vote, order a credit card, enter a sweepstakes, donate to a charity or join an organization we are being added to a new list of some kind. On top of that, most credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion), publishers and other companies will sell or rent their mailing lists.
How to get it to stop? First start contacting the company and ask them to remove your name from their mailing list. Most of the time, you can send back letter writing ‘Refused -Return to Sender”.
Contact the Direct Marketing Association (Mail Preference Service) by writing them and asking that your name and address be placed on a ‘DELETE FILE’ through their Mail Preference Service. Make sure to include all variations of your name and address in which you are receiving your mail to insure they catch them all and remove them from their lists. This may take up to 3 months from the initial request. This will remove your name from most mailing lists, but not all.
Another way, is to try going paperless. Try to get your bank statements and bills through email. This will cut down on the amount of mail you receive.
Go In-house only. When you subscribe to a magazine or credit card, make catalog orders, etc. make sure you always choose to have your name included onto their IN-HOUSE list only. That way they will be the only one contacting you and not sell your name and address to other companies.
To keep credit bureaus from selling your name and address, contact them at 1-888-5-OPTOUT, 24 hours a day. This is the fastest and most convenient way of removing your name otherwise you have to write a letter to each credit bureau.
Lastly, if you are still getting some junk mail, you can try to recycle it. Call 1-877-R-1-EARTH to find a place to recycle it.