We all receive unsolicited mail. Each time you enter a contest, make a donation, take a survey, buy something on credit or with a check, order products by mail or send in a subscription, there's a good chance your name and address will be added to a mailing list. These lists are valuable commodities regularly sold or traded.
Below are steps you can take to reduce junk mail. Be patient - it takes three to six months before you notice a reduction in your junk mail. In the meantime, remember to recycle junk mail you receive.
1.) Call mail-order catalog companies
Most catalogs provide a telephone number for placing an order; call this number and ask to be taken off their mailing list.
2.) Contact specific organizations or businesses
If you receive unwanted flyers or mail, call the customer service department of the organization or business responsible and request that your name be removed from their mailing list.
3.) Return junk mail
Envelopes stamped "address correction requested" or "return postage guaranteed" can be returned unopened to the sender by writing "refused, return to sender" on the envelope. DO NOT write this on mail without that special notation; the post office will not return it to the sender.
4.) Get your name off national mailing lists and off the lists of mailing list brokers
Write to the addresses below and ask to be placed on a "suppress" file. Include a list of your name and address in all the different ways it appears on your junk mail. The Mail Preference Service places your name in the suppress file for five years. The Direct Marketing Association sends this list to its business subscribers four times a year. The address for "Telephone Preference Service" will remove your name from many telemarketers’ lists.