Native Forest Network's Guide
to Stopping Junk Mail
FACTS ON JUNK MAIL!
- The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each
week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.
- Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail
- That's 4.5 million tons of junk mail produced each year!
- 44% of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened
- Approximately 40% of the solid mass that makes up our
landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
- By the year 2010, it is predicted to make up about 48%.
- 100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk
- Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings are
in mass data-collection networks, compiled from phone books,
warranty cards, and charity donations (to name a few).
- Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it
To help reduce junk mail,
cut down waste, and save some trees to boot, follow
the 5 easy steps below.
1. Virtually all companies offering pre-approved credit
cards and insurance offers use lists from the major credit
bureaus. Fortunately, to have your name removed from mailing
lists used for unsolicited credit card and insurance offers
all you need to do is:
- Call 888-567-8688. This single automated phone line
takes you off the lists of all major credit bureaus. You
can also do this online at:
2. The Direct Marketing Association represents many mail
order sales companies, and estimates that listing your name
with their mail preference service will stop 75% of all
national mailings coming to your home. To do this, send
a postcard with your name, address and signature to:
3. Companies that do not participate in the D.M.A. program
must be contacted directly. In addition, if you only want
some of your junk mail stopped, contacting individual companies
is the way to go. You can write to firms that send you unsolicited
material and tell them firmly to stop. Be sure to use the
enclosed Business Reply envelopes when replying through
the mail, and address them to Customer Service. You can
also call the firms' toll free numbers and ask to speak
with customer service.
4. Buyers beware...you are covered under a manufacturer's
warranty whether a card is returned or not. These cards
are primarily used to gather names for mailing lists. Write
National Demographics & Lifestyles (a firm that collects
this information) to have your name removed:
- NDL List Order Services, 1621 18th Street, Suite 300,
Denver, CO 80202
5. To remove your name from major nationwide sweepstakes
- Publishers Clearinghouse, 101 Channel Drive, Port Washington,
NY 11050 Phone: (800) 645-9242
- Readers Digest, Readers Digest Road, Pleasantville,
NY 10570 Phone: (800) 234-9000
- American Family Publishers, PO Box 62000, Tampa, FL
33662 Phone: (800) 237-2400
For more information, check out these web sites:
As you begin to take action to reduce your own personal
junk mail, remember to be both persistent and patient. You
should notice a decrease in the amount of junk mail you
receive within a month, but the removal of your name from
these extensive lists takes awhile. In the meantime:
- REUSE junk mail for scrap paper.
- RECYCLE junk mail at your local recycling
- CREATE! Make recycled paper at home
by cutting junk mail into small shreds, soaking in warm
water (one hour, stirring occasionally), and spreading
out on a flat, fine-holed, wire-mesh screen. Add flowers,
grass, and leaves for fun, color, and texture.