How can I reduce junk mail?
Are you fed up with receiving junk mail through your letter box?
Follow these easy steps to reduce the number of junk mail you receive.
What is junk mail?
Junk mail is unsolicited advertising or promotional material received through the post. We all get it, whether it’s a new local pizza place opened up or your local estate agents sending you letters about prospective buyers looking to buy in your area.
The reality of it is unless you live in flat or house without a letter box and unless you don’t have an email address junk mail will always be a part of your life. In this guide we aim to help you reduce the amount of junk mail you receive on a regualr basis.
The easiest way for people to reduce the amount of household junk mail they receive is to say no to junk mail. Shockingly over three million trees are used each year to produce this unwanted mail.
Steps to reduce junk mail
Five simple steps to dump the junk.
- Make sure you’ve signed your household up to the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) to remove your name from up to 95% of direct mailing lists. Visit MPS online or call 0845 703 4599 to register. This is a must.
- Email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a form to sign and return. Royal Mail should then stop delivering unaddressed items to your address within six weeks.
- Put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your letterbox to stop up to 90% of unwanted flyers and leaflets. You can pick one up from your local library. If you have a marker pen then write it on your letterbox – doesn’t have to be a permanent marker.
- Write ‘Return to Sender’ or ‘Not at this Address’ to unaddressed or wrongly addressed junk mail and post back.
- Tick the opt-out box on your electoral registration form when you register to vote to prevent your details being used for marketing purposes. Make sure you also choose not to receive unwanted mail when you sign up to any new product or service. Make sure you take the time to write to, or phone, any organisations that you receive unwanted mail from and ask to be removed from their marketing databases.
If any junk mail still maanges to get through make sure you recyle it. If you receive mail in a communal area then place a paper recycling bin the communal area. This way other people living in the block will probably recycle their unwanted mail too.
When researching this topic I can across a really good site called http://www.stopjunkmail.org.uk/guide/.
It has a page where you can download and print no junk mail stickers to put on your letterbox which is very useful.