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 41pounds.org, 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.
- CatalogChoice.org is a free service that can help stop unwanted catalogs. For more information or to sign up go to www.catalogchoice.org.
- 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 www.dmachoice.org.
- OptOutPrescreen.com 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?