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Opt-Out: How to Stop Junk Mail | The Do Not Mail List

Updated on September 21, 2010

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

Trees used for paper
Trees used for paper

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.

Stop Junk Mail FAQ
Stop Junk Mail FAQ

FAQ

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.

No Junk Mail
No Junk Mail

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.

Your name is typically worth between 3 and 20 cents each time it is sold

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.

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      Paul Davidson 2 years ago

      Great article. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, just in case anyone needs to fill out USPS forms, I found a blank forms in this site PDFfiller. This site also has some tutorials on how to fill it out and a tons of fillable tax forms that you might find useful. Here is a blank PS form 3971 that I was able to fill out http://pdf.ac/6LBHS.

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      WillekeDoornj 4 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just remember, with out "junk mail" your postage will be costing you a lot more money. Junk mail keeps the cost of first class stamps down and keeps postal workers employed.

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      j5hale3 5 years ago

      @j5hale3: Sorry for the spam. I had an internet hiccup and the screen was not updating.

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      j5hale3 5 years ago

      @j5hale3: Sorry for the spam. I had an internet hiccup and the screen was not updating.

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      johntarantino1 5 years ago

      hey great list on cutting your junk mail, I haven't seem some of those resources before. Might I suggest a post I made on my blog to use as a resource for your lens? http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org/2011/10/cut-do...

      Thanks a lot, sorry if I sound spammy, just trying to help =)

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      jodik 7 years ago

      The DMA service should stop most of it. I've been on it for years and all I get is a few things from local businesses (who don't know any differently).

      Or, if you live in a cold place, I heard a story about a guy who saved all his mail and used it for kindling!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      THANK YOU for this!