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More than 85 billion pieces of unsolicited mail get dropped in mail boxes around the country each year – about 100 pounds for every household. Read on for easy instructions to help you lighten the load in your mailbox and stop the cycle of waste.

Stop junk mail before it starts

  • Ask companies you've done business with, organizations you’ve donated to and anyone who sends you a bill not to sell or exchange your address.
  • If you move, directly contact everyone yourself instead of submitting the post office change of address form. Otherwise, junk mail can follow you to your new address.
  • Don't submit product registration cards.
  • Don't use a store’s "buyer’s club" card when making purchases.
  • Avoid participating in sweepstakes or contests unless you are able to prevent your information from being shared. Look for disclosure notices in the sweepstakes and contest literature.
  • List only your telephone number in your local directory, or choose to be unlisted.

Use the instructions below to cut down on junk mail waste. Click on the company name below to opt out online. Or contact the company via phone or mail.

Top tips for opt-out success

When contacting a company that is sending you unwanted mail, you’ll improve your chances of getting your name removed from their list by providing the exact name and address on the label you receive.

When unwanted mail comes with a postage-paid envelope, use it to return the mailing label along with a written request to remove your name from the organization’s mailing list.

After you contact companies, be patient – it can take three to six months to see results. And you may need to contact them again in five years or sooner if the junk mail arriving in your mail box starts to increase.

Get off of the lists

Many companies that send unwanted mail are members of the Direct Marketing Association. Call 212-768-7277 to request that your name be placed on the suppression file or send a note with a $1 check or money order (not cash) to:

Mail Preference Service
C/O Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512

Some direct marketing businesses are members of DMA, so it might be more effective to contact some businesses directly. There’s no harm in doubling up.

Acxiom
877-774-2094

Epsilon
P.O. Box 1478
Broomfield, CO 80038
888-780-3869

InfoUSA / Donnelley Marketing
Database Operations
1020 E. First Street
Papillion, NE  68046
800-242-5478

Other lists

Publishers Clearing House
382 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
800-645-9242

Reader’s Digest
P.O. Box 50005
Prescott, AZ 86301-5005
877-732-4438

Cut down on coupons

Valpak Coupons (Cox Target Media)
800-237-6266

Valassis Direct Mail, Inc. (or Red Plum)
Director of List Maintenance
Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 249
Windsor, CT 06095
or call 800-437-0479

Stop unwanted credit card offers

Contact your credit card companies directly every two years.

Online:

By phone: 888-567-8688 (the three companies use the same phone number). Tip: When opting out with the companies by phone, if you are prompted to enter your Social Security Number, you can ignore the prompt (twice) and continue without entering your SSN.

Hold the phone books

Many directories dropped at your door have opt-out instructions on the front or the inside cover. Otherwise, call the company that distributes the directory. Opt out of phone books

Need assistance?

Metro Recycling Information
503-234-3000
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By the Numbers

675
Average number of junk mail pieces in every mailbox each year, totaling four million tons nationwide.
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