How Do I Stop Junk Mail?

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The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year, wasting an incredible amount of natural resources for something most of us are just going to throw away. Not to mention the fact that junk mail is annoying and takes time and energy to compile and deliver. Fortunately, there are a number of websites and services that can stop most of the junk mail you receive by just signing up or donating a small amount of money.

Junkmailstopper.com

  • Junkmailstopper.com is a website that simply tells you how to stop receiving junk mail on your own. The first thing to do is to call or write the Direct Marketing Association to request that your information be deleted from their lists and databases. For some specific companies, you will need to actually call each of them individually. Magazines, for example, will require you to call their 1-800 number; credit card companies have third-party services which they hire to send out all their direct marketing information. The numbers for those places are listed on this site, and if you call and contact them to take you off their mailing lists, they will do it. They have to; it's the law.

41pounds.org

  • Referencing the aforementioned statistic about how much junk mail the average adult receives per year, 41pounds.org is a nonprofit organization that eliminates junk mail from people's lives. You sign up with your address and personal information, and they do the rest. They will remove your name from direct mailing lists, promising to keep you from receiving 90 percent of the junk mail you normally receive for just $41 for five years. That's $8.20 a year or about 70 cents per month, which is a small price to pay to be free of junk mail.

Tonic Mailstopper

  • Much like 41pounds.org, Tonic Mailstopper will remove you from all lists after you sign up and fill out a few postcards they mail to you. If new junk mail starts appearing in your mailbox, Tonic Mailstopper will track down the sender and put a stop to it. If you move, the service moves with you, resending everything you originally sent out from your old address for no extra fee. The service costs $20 a year, which is more expensive then 41pounds.org, but there's an added bonus: For each member, an environmental tree service in northern California (where the company is located) will plant five trees for you, truly replenishing the environment.

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