It’s coming up to Christmas and I don’t know about you, but I’ve started to get more junk mail.
Catalogues filled with pages of stuff I don’t want or need, people offering me deals on car and house insurance and magazine subscription offers.
I’ve been sending it back with ‘return to sender’ written on it, but that’s not really getting to the root of the issue. The trees have already been cut down, made into paper and covered with toxic inks. When it gets back to the office I’m under no illusion that it will be binned and end up in a landfill site.
I am fully signed up for the Mail Preference Service, but we need to bear in mind that this is only valid for two years – you must renew your preferences otherwise the amount of junk mail you receive will start to creep back up.
Here are 6 ways to drastically reduce your junk mail. Junk mail in the UK accounts for 550,000 tonnes of paper annually:
Contact the company
if you’re still getting mail from companies you no longer buy from, or if you’ve switched to online purchasing, write or call them and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.
Mail preference service
Sign up for the mail preference service. This should stop 95% of addressed direct mail. Addressed direct mail is the result of you signing up for a company catalogue or similar or is sent from companies who have purchased your details on a database.
3.4 billion items of addressed direct mail are sent out every year.
Although we think it should be opt IN, rather than opt OUT, this is the way to stop the 13 billion items of unaddressed mail that are sent out yearly.
Door to Door Opt Outs
or email optout@royal[email protected] to request their ‘door-to-door opt-out form’.
Alternatively, call 08457 950950 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 08457 950950 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
You know the mail addressed to ‘the occupier’ or ‘the householder’? If this has your address on it, the Post Office are legally obliged to deliver it to you.
All you can do is return to sender and hope for the best. If there is space to write on the envelope clearly, just do that. If the envelope is covered in fancy logos and advertising, it’s better to use a sticker so your writing can be clearly seen.
Leaflets and menus
For junk mail that has nothing to do with Royal Mail, such as leaflet drops from local companies and takeaway menus, you’ll need to put a sticker on your letter box.
Robert, who is passionate about helping us all stop junk mail, has a fantastic selection of stickers and other goodies in his stop junk mail shop. But that’s not all; he’s kindly donated his renaming ‘stop junk mail’ kits to you lovely people. Send an email to [email protected] along with your name and address (UK only please) and he’ll send you one of his kits which contains a 20-page brochure, an opt-out card to stop junk mail delivered by Royal Mail, some ‘return to sender’ labels and five envelope re-use labels.. It’s first come, first served, so be quick!
To get most of your junk mail stopped in 30 seconds flat, hop over to Junkbuster.
in a few clicks, you can contact the main opt-out schemes in the UK and reduce unwanted mail by up to 60 per cent.
Any success (or otherwise) stories to share about junk mail? Any companies to name and shame (hello Viking Direct!)