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How-to Stop Junk Mail

According to The Center for a New American Dream, around 100 million trees are used to produce junk mail in the United States, every year. That's about 1.5 trees cut down annually for every household!

In 2005, 5.8 million tons of junk mail was thrown away or recycled. Unfortunately, not even 36% of this total waste was recycled. From an environmental point of view, you can obviously see why it would be beneficial to reduce the amount of junk mail you get.

Below are several easy ways to drastically reduce the amount of junk mail sent to you. If you still get any stray junk mail, remember to recycle everything and always shred credit card offers and anything else that can be used to steal your identity...and then recycle the shredded paper.

Stop Pre-approved Credit Offers

Call: 888-5OPTOUT (888-567-8688)

This is a centralized service to stop the credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, Innovis and Equifax) from selling your name to mailing lists. This should stop most offers of credit or insurance.

You can opt-out online for five years, or through the mail for a permanent opt-out.

Stop Direct Marketing Junk Mail

Visit: Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

"The Direct Marketing Association (The DMA) is a trade association of businesses who advertise their products and services directly to consumers by mail, telephone, magazine, Internet, radio or television," according to the site. Registering online or by mail for the DMA;s Mail Preference Service (MPS) will cost $1.00, but should sunstantially reduce the amount of mail from advertisers.

There is also a form provided that allows you to opt-out of an individual company's mailing list. The MPS registration should stop most unsolicted mail, but companies that you already do business with will probably continue to send you junk mail. You will have to address those companies individually.

Stop Other Junk

National Do Not Call Registry

How to "Can" Unwanted Email

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