your mailbox filled with junk mail, the second and third-class
promotional mail you do not wish to receive? Not only is junk
mail a nuisance for those who do not wish to receive it, it
contributes to the solid waste problem and drains natural
receive almost 2 million tons of junk mail every year, using
paper from 100 million trees annually. In addition, items
such as catalogues and brochures are often printed on slick,
glossy virgin paper that is difficult to recycle.
you enjoy reading junk mail, that is fine. If you do not,
there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of unwanted
junk mail in your mailbox.
Unwanted Junk Mail You are Currently Receiving:
the junk mail you now receive. Write the senders, asking them
to remove your name from their mailing list, stop sending
you mail, and stop passing your name along to other companies.
Follow these easy steps:
Tear off the mailing label.
2. Remove the pre-addressed enclosed envelope.
3. Write a note requesting the company remove you from their
4. Mail the note and label back to the company using the pre-addressed
Future Junk Mail:
are several things you can do to stop future junk mail:
with a service such as the Mail Preference Service (MPS) can
help decrease the amount of national nonprofit or commercial
mail received. As soon as you register with MPS your name
will be placed on a "delete" list, and it will stay
on the list for five years. Then you must send them your name
"delete" list is available to business subscribers
four times a yearJanuary, April, July and October. Because
your request may not be received at the exact time a list
is being made available, you may continue to receive mail
for up to three months.
register with MPS, write a letter asking them to remove your
name from future mailing lists. Be sure to include all names
under which you receive junk mail (for example, Mrs. John
Doe, Jane Doe, Jane M. Doe, J.M. Doe, Mrs. Jane Doe). All
variations of your name and names of other family members
are necessary, as they are matched with your address and sorted
by computer. You may want to make a list over a few weeks
of the different ways your junk mail is addressed so your
efforts have the greatest impact. Send the request to remove
your name from mailing lists to:
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
MPS to put your name on the "delete" list will not
solve all your junk mail problems, as all businesses do not
belong to MPS local organizations and will not receive notice
to take your name off of their lists. You will need to contact
local organizations directly. If you receive mail from them
that includes a stamped envelope, simply return the stamped
envelope with a note requesting that your name be dropped
from their mailing list.
also does not affect mail addressed to "current resident"
or "occupant." You must write directly to the company
to request that your name be removed from its mailing list.
getting on mailing lists. Signing up for more information
about a product at a fair or exposition will often result
in an increase of unwanted mail. Also, be very cautious about
signing up for a door prize or registering at a business'
open house. The registry may be used as a mailing list.
strategy to keep off unwanted mailing lists is to ask mail
order companies with which you shop not to give or sell your
name to any other companies. Then your name will be put on
an "in-house only" list and will not be released
to other direct marketers.
to the Mail Preference Service may be picked up at the extension
office, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln or are available
from the State Attorney General's Office, Capitol Building.