Do Not Mail List
Ever go to your mailbox after a week or so and its overstuffed with junk mail and useless catalogs? And then you go through your mail and one by one toss it all in the garbage nearby? Well, suppose you could do the environment a big favor by reducing the amount of junk mail you receive by 90%. In this post I will present you with three actions that you can take to greatly reduce junk mail today. Be sure to complete all the actions to benefit the most from a true reduction in unsolicited junk mail.
Top Reasons to Put Yourself on the Do Not Mail List
Cut down on junk mail you receive today to save energy, natural resource’s, landfill space, tax dollars and a lot of personal time. Here are some startling facts:
- 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually.
- The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
- 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.
- Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get recycled
- On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.
Cut Down on Junk Mail
If you decide to make the decision to cut junk mail out of your life there are a few ways to go about it. One being you can register your name on a “Do Not Mail” list at the Direct Marketing Agency (DMN). The Direct Marketing Agency website isn’t pleased about people trying to reduce their home mailings from marketers. In fact, they released this statement on one of their websites full of broken images:
Despite the growth of electronic communications, the mail remains an important vehicle for commerce, advertising, and information exchange. Advertising mail is now under threat. The growing number of Do Not Mail bills introduced in different states is a cause for concern for the mailing community.
The Direct Marketing Association even has a page on their website that is asking for contributions in the sums of $5,000 to help stop future legislation that impacts Do Not Mail initiatives. They plea with business owners by using fear tactics and sayings like: “The impact of Do Not Mail legislation on your business would be more serious than you imagine. Please contribute today…”
Register with DMAchoice.org and setup your preferences today. You can elect to stop receiving certain categories of direct mail or you can elect to stop them altogether. The power is now in your hands.
Reduce Junk Mail Today
Go to OptOutPreScreen.com, which can enable you to remove your name from lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail you credit offers and solicitations. Unsolicited junk mail is a huge source of junk mail for many Americans today. Think back to when you turned 18 years old…the credit card offers were rolling in everyday.
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you (“Firm Offers”). The FCRA also provides you the right to “Opt-Out”, which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers. By opting out you are reducing your junk mail and you are protecting your identity by not allowing credit card and finance companies to access any part of your credit report. Be sure to opt out today and reap the benefits of increased identity protection and reduced junk mail.
Register with the National Do Not Mail List
The key to stopping unwanted advertising mail being delivered to your home is getting your name off the mailing lists. DirectMail.com can help by using their expertise to get your name off of those lists. Mail-order companies don’t want to waste their money sending mail to people who don’t want to receive it. That is why they’ll gladly take your name off their lists when they’re asked to do so. But with countless mail-order companies doing business today, you just can’t contact enough of them on your own to make a difference. The postage alone would cost a fortune!
Register your name and address today with the National Do Not Mail List.
It might take anywhere from 6-8 weeks before you actually see a reduction of your junk mail. Remember that all of these actions should reduce your junk mail but it will not happen overnight, but just know that it will reduce significantly and you’ll be able to rejoice in your efforts, plus the environment will thank you too.
For advice on how to stop receiving those pesky Yellow Pages Phone Books, read our tips on Phone Book Opt Out.
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