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Clean out your mailbox: Reduce junk mail and unwanted catalogs

We all know the drill. We open our trusty mailboxes and sift through our mail, only to find that most of it is completely useless junk mail or more unwanted catalogs. Day in and day out, it's more of the same.

Not only does junk mail affect our ecosystem and our landfills, it also affects our personal security and our time. Where does all this junk mail go? Hopefully, in our recycle bin, but more often than not, the trashcan.

According to, the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year. 44% makes its way to the landfills unopened.

So what can you do about that stack of junk mail and magazines on your kitchen counter? The good news is there are several resources in place that can help.

  • Direct Marketing Association (DMA) offers a free online registration to help reduce junk mail. They also have a registry in place to remove deceased loved ones names from circulation.  For more information go to
  • is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website that accepts and processes requests to "opt-out" of unsolicited credit card offers. This is an important one to help prevent identity theft.
  • VapPak is the envelope full of coupons that typically arrives at our homes once a month. If you would like to be removed from ValPak's mailing list, click here.

With minimal time and energy we can be on our way to a cleaner mailbox, less clutter, and also make an impact on our environment.  We've gotta start somewhere, so why not here?


  • Felice 4 years ago

    Excellent resources. Can you imagine if we all just reduce our junk mail by half? What an impact!

  • Kara 4 years ago

    Awesome- I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to reduce their junk mail. Thanks for the info!

  • Bev Scales 4 years ago

    It's unbelievable that we get so much junk mail. This is really good information. I am going to look into recycling and check out a few of the links you listed.



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