Steps to Stop Junk Mail

How to Stop Junk Mail

If you find your mailbox jammed with catalogs, flyers and advertisements, you’re not alone. Over 114 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered each year by the United States Post Office. Plus, Americans collectively pay about $370,000,000 to get rid of the portion that doesn’t get recycled. It pays to know how to stop junk mail.

Good Green Habits to Stop Junk Mail

Individuals and business can take these FREE eco-friendly steps to prevent junk mail from clogging their mailboxes:

  • Call advertisers directly to ask for removal from their marketing list.
  • Check the “opt out” box when completing registration forms, filling out warranty cards, ordering products, donating money and when signing up for services (including health care and car insurance), contests, group memberships, and anything else that might put you on a promotional list.
  • Write “do not sell this name” at the bottom of bank checks when paying for donations, class and conference registrations, magazines and other types of payments that could generate junk mail.
  • Request these companies remove your name from their lists: 

Credit Card & Insurance


Emloyee Mailing Lists: Ecological Mail Coalition

Sweepstakes—Publishers Clearing House (800) 645-9242

Shopping Flyers—Valpak

ShopWise* and Missing Children AdsADVO

Eco Fact:  Good Green Habit staff took the above steps and now do NOT receive any junk mail. These steps are free, easy and the payoff is huge.

Reusing Magazines

How to Recycle MagazinesSometimes people ask the questions:  Are magazines recyclable?  And, why should I recycle them?  You will be glad to know that, yes, you can easily recycle magazines. The reason why you should recycle magazines is easy to answer.

The Earth’s natural resources (like trees and water) are conserved whenever products and materials are used more than once. When you learn how to recycle magazines correctly, you give them a chance for a longer life by allowing others to read them before they’re recycled into new paper products.

Good Green Habits for Magazines

You can extend the life of your old magazines with these eco-friendly options:

  • Donate magazines to hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers.
  • Leave them in your work lunch room for co-workers.
  • Share with extended family and friends.
  • Sell or give away at yard sales or flea markets.
  • Take to dentist or doctor’s offices, gyms, homeless shelters, or stores with waiting rooms.
  • Use as art material for school projects.
  • Wad up or shred to use as filler for shipping boxes.

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