More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the U.S. every year, according to estimates by environmental groups. It doesn’t just clutter up your home: It’s estimated that more than 60% of junk mail ends up in the landfill and isn’t recycled, destroying roughly 100 million trees in the process
Here’s how to stop junk mail from piling up in your home and destroying the environment.
How to stop getting junk mail
Sadly, there’s no silver bullet tactic that’ll stop it once and for all. But there are ways that may help to slowly but surely reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
“If you have received junk mail, you can do some digging and figure out the source,” said Ian Kelly, VP of Operations for NuLeaf Naturals. Below, we’ll outline a few steps you can take if you’re wondering how to stop receiving junk mail.
Register with the Direct Mailing Association
Head over to dmachoice.org to opt yourself out of mail that comes from national mailing lists. Basically, any time you sign up for anything, or enter a raffle of any sort, your personal information can wind up on a mailing list. “Nothing is free. When you sign up for a ‘free product,’ companies use this opportunity for advertisement purposes,” said Azza Shahid, a marketing consultant with Printex Graphics.
Contact credit agencies
Getting tons of credit card offers? It happens to just about everyone. If you’re not shopping for new plastic, go to optoutprescreen.com, a website operated by the major credit bureaus. You will also cut down on credit card fraud by opting out of these unsolicited credit card offers.
Sign up with Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice allows you to reduce junk mail by filtering out catalogs and circulars you no longer wish to receive.
Try the PaperKarma app
Use an app to control junk mail. Register with the PaperKarma app, and with just the touch of a button, you can enjoy an emptier mailbox and a clutter-free kitchen.
Mark ‘return to sender’
If you’ve signed up with a registry to stop receiving junk mail, but you’re still getting a few pieces every now and then, simply mark them “return to sender” and put them right back in your mailbox.
Whether you’re looking to help the environment or reclaim your kitchen counters, it is possible to cut down on the flow of junk mail that comes into your home. Trust us, the rainforests will thank you.