How to Reduce Your Junk Mail

You’ve got mail! JUNK mail, that is.

The average American receives 40 pounds of catalogs and other junk mail every year.  That’s approximately 848 pieces of mail you don’t want, and that you spend time sorting.  In addition to wasting your time, junk mail wastes our natural resources.  Junk mail destroys 100 million trees and creates 50 million tons of greenhouse gases each year, and while most of it is recyclable, almost 80% of it ends up in landfills (over 5 million tons per year).

Take a load off you, and our environment, by reducing your junk mail in 5 easy steps!

5 steps to reduce junk mail:

  1. Register for the National Do Not Mail List at to be removed from direct mailer registries.
  2. Unsubscribe from weekly coupon mailers ValPak and RedPlum (now RetailMeNot) by visiting: and
  3. To permanently opt out from receiving credit and insurance offers, remove your name from the mailing list at, or send a written a request to each of the three national credit reporting agencies in the US: Eqiufax / Trans Union / Experian 
  4. Remove your name from specific catalog lists by visiting 
  5. To reduce junk mail even further, you can contact companies directly. Ask them to remove your name from their mailing lists or tell them not to sell your name or send promotional materials, and be sure you’re signed up for paperless billing.
  6. Don’t forget to opt-out of receiving a phonebook if you’re an individual who prefers online search engines.  Use the free service at Yellow Pages Opt-Out! Simply enter your five-digit zip code to view which directories are distributed in your area, and use your name and address to opt-out of the unwanted selections at

Follow the easy steps above, or use our  Junk Mail Reduction Kit (pdf) and you can prevent up to 90% of junk mail from finding its way to your doorstep.

How to get off Spam Email Listings:

  1. Use an email filter to divert spam emails to another folder.
  2. Limit your exposure to spam by using two email addresses: one for personal use, one for shopping and other services.

How to Stop Getting Telemarketing Calls:

Register your name and phone number through the National Do Not Call Registry.


The information that appears here was put together by, 1-877-STOPWASTE (786-7927), and the Federal Trade Commission.