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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.
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.
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.
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.
P.O. Box 1478
Broomfield, CO 80038
InfoUSA / Donnelley Marketing
1020 E. First Street
Papillion, NE 68046
Publishers Clearing House
382 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
P.O. Box 50005
Prescott, AZ 86301-5005
Valpak Coupons (Cox Target Media)
Valassis Direct Mail, Inc. (or Red Plum)
Director of List Maintenance
P.O. Box 249
Windsor, CT 06095
or call 800-437-0479
Contact your credit card companies directly every two years.
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.
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