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How to Remove Yourself from Advertisers Mailing Lists
Like most people, I cannot stand receiving junk mail, also known as "advertising mail" or unsolicited mail.
It goes straight into the recycling bin or trash can. It may be the life-blood of the postal service these days, but it is a tremendous waste of resources and just plain annoying.
Fortunately, there are good FREE ways to remove yourself from advertisers mailing lists.
Junk Mail and the Environment
Over 100 million trees are cut down each year in order to produce junk mail.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 44% of junk mail is discarded without being opened, which is approximately four million tons of waste paper per year.
The average person in the US receives nearly 11 pieces of junk mail each week.
250,000 homes could be heated for a single day's junk mail.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How long before it takes effect?
Answer: Approximately 90 days, give or take.
Question: How long will it last?
Answer: Approximately 3 to 5 years before you need to add yourself again.
Question: What types of mail can I stop?
Answer: You can request to stop any type of mail solicitation. This includes catalogs, credit offers, magazine offers, cherity requests, retail promotions, bank offers, and many others.
Question: What types can't I stop?
Answer: You cannot stop bills, statements, notices and political mailings.
Question: Is it possible to stopping junk mail altogether?
Answer: No. Some direct mail companies completely ignore unsubscribe requests.
Question: Are credit card offers a risk to my privacy?
Answer: Yes. By limiting, or stopping, pre-approved credit card offers, you will be reducing the chance for identity theft. See Missouri State Government posting on preventing identity theft.
More questions? See Privacy Rights FAQ on Junk Mail
Do Not Mail Lists - All are Free!
There is no "One" service in the United States to stop mailings. Instead it is a combination of associations and industries that commonly mail "junk mail".
It requires you to sign up or add your name to several lists or services.
This is from Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion, (collectively the "Consumer Credit Reporting Companies"), encourage you to make an informed decision about receiving firm (preapproved / prescreened) offers of credit or insurance. Click on th
- Direct Marketing Association Choice
DMAchoice is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. Sign up and select which, if any, mailings you want to receive. The Marketers are supposed to honor your request as part of their membership in t
- Do Not Mail.org
Take Action to stop junk mail from donotmail.org.
- DirectMail.com's Mail Preference Registry - Get rid of junk mail
Sign up for DirectMail.com's Mail Preference registry to take control of your mail box. Let advertisers and fundraisers know whether you do or don't want to receive mail from them.
- USPS: Stopping Unwanted Mail & Removal From Mailing Lists
The USPS FAQ on unsolicited mail.
- USPS Form: Stop Sexually Oriented Advertisements
If you are receiving unwanted sexually oriented advertisements coming through the mail to your home or business, there are two Postal ServiceÂ® programs you can use to help protect yourself (and your eligible minor children). Please read the descript
Stop credit card offers
You will help protect your identity from theft and fraud.
Opt Out of Bank Mailings
These links are also for adjusting your privacy settings for the banks listed.
- Bank of America
Set your Bank of America contact privacy choices with this online form, including non-customers. We respect your privacy preferences regarding information sharing.
- Chase Online
Adjust your privacy settings. Only for customers.
- Wells Fargo and Wachovia
We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and respect your choices about how Wachovia and Wells Fargo can contact you. Use this form to: Specify how Wachovia and Wells Fargo can contact you with offers for products and services. Only for custom
Your name is typically worth between 3 and 20 cents each time it is sold
Opt Out for Specific Companies
- US Search.com
Block your profile from appearing on most US Search websites, reports, and ads. You are supposed to print the form supplied and mail it to their address. They will remove your information from results.
- Cox Target Media - Valpak
The following request form should be used to remove your address from the Valpak mailing list.
- Acxiom: Opt-Out Request Form
Request removal of your contact information from Acxiom’s Marketing Information products
40% of the solid mass that makes up landfills is made up of paper
Junk Mail and the US Postal Service
The US Postal Service is suffering from the huge loss of revenue over the past few years, partially due to a reduction of people mailing letters, but largely due to the reduction of "junk mail".
According to an article published on the USPS website, written by Elaine C. Kamarck from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, "Mail volumes have also suffered from a desire among Americans to reduce the "junk mail" they receive. Spurred on by the success of legislation creating the Do Not Call List and the CAN_SPAM Act, Do Not Mail (DNM) legislation has been introduced in 18 states."
“Mail volumes have also suffered from a desire among Americans to reduce the 'junk mail' they receive.”
Still, I do not intend to allow junk mail to fill my mailbox out of concern for the well-being of the Post Office.