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Fed up with circulars, advertising and speculative marketing clogging up your letter box? Not only is junk mail annoying for many people, the amount of unnecessary paper used is an environmental disaster.
It’s estimated that around 550,000 tonnes of paper - equivalent to 9.35 million trees - is used to produce the 17.5 billion pieces of junk mail sent out every year. Each household receives on average 650 pieces of junk mail each a year. Don’t forget to recycle the mail you do receive.
There are a number of ways you can stop addressed junk mail:
By giving your name and full address to The Mailing Preference Service they can remove your name from up to 95% of Direct Mail lists. You will still receive mail from companies that you specifically have dealings with e.g. insurance companies. Opt out here |.
When filling out your annual electoral registration form, opt out of the ‘edited electoral register’. Tick the box on your form to ensure that your details appear on the full register only. The edited register can be viewed by any person or business and may be used for the addressing of junk mail.
Contact the sender. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, if you ask to be removed from an organisation’s mailing lists, they are legally obliged to do so.
Write on the letter ‘Return to sender, unwanted mail’ and put it back in the post. There is no need for a stamp.
There are also number of ways you can stop unaddressed junk mail:
Opt out of Royal Mail’s door-to-door service. Find out more here|.
Put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your letter box or front window.
Register with the DMA’s ‘Your Choice’ scheme. Find out more here |.
Opt out of telephone directory deliveries by contacting the customer services departments at Yell, Thomson and BT.
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