"Talking Dirty News" - Queen of Green, Barbara Loraine

Stop Junk Mail

Save Trees, Money, Roads & More

happy-woman-mailboxby Barbara Loraine

There are lots of good reasons to stop receiving junk mail.

  • Approximately 96 millions trees each year are used to produce junk mailers in the U. S., according to Recycled Papers: The Essential Guide.
  • Since half of all junk mailers are not recycled, it’s like 48 million trees end up in the land fill.
  • To to turn trees into paper, the junk mail industry uses 10-24 billion gallons of water each year and enough energy to power 245,000 homes
  • Since the typical direct response rate is about 2%, that means that most of the water and electricity used to produce junk mail is totally wasted.
  • According to Consumer Research Institute, Americans waste about an hour a week opening junk mail.  Do you have time to waste?


  • Visit DMAChoice.org for details on how to stop junk mail from nearly 3,600 companies.  You can choose which mail to stop and which to continue receiving.
  • Since much of the junk mail is for credit card solicitations, visit OptOutPrescreen.com or call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) to be removed from the three major credit reporting agencies, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax.
  • To stop receiving catalogs, send an email to abacusoptout@epsilon.com or call 1-888-780-3869.  Include your full name, current address, previous address.  (Note, this may stop delivery of catalogs you want to receive.)
  • Call individual companies that send you mail.  Get the phone number from their mailer or their website.  This takes some time, but will save you time later, and save wasted resources immediately.


  • Reycle.  Toss it into the recycling bin.
  • Compost. Use it as “brown” matter in a composting bin.  First remove plastic an cylophene and shred it.
  • Mulch. Shred non-glossy paper and use as a mulch around plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Packing.  Crumble it up or even shred it and use it for a sustainable packing material.
  • Pet Bedding.  Use it on the bottom of a bird cage or for other pet’s cage.
  • Crafts.  Use for scrap paper or cut out pictures to use in collages.