Step 1: Save Your Junk
Here is a sample letter:
Please remove my name and address from your mailing list. I want to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail I receive. (Be sure to include all variations of your name.)
Full mailing address
Signature and date
Here are some parting words of advice:
- Any time you give out your address, ask that it not be shared (if you can). Simply state: "Do not sell or share my name/information." Also ask that you not be sent any of their material by snail mail. Ask them to send you information and solicitations by email instead.
- Two things that don't work: refusing junk mail (by writing "refusal" or "return to sender" on the envelope) since 3rd class mail is not forwarded; sending junk mail back postage due. Both of these simply result in the mail carrier tossing your junk mail for you.
- Contact your service providers such as insurance, bank, and wireless provider, and ask them not to send you promotional material.
- Go to DMAChoice.org, register, and opt out of everything (catalogs, magazines, other mail). Note that I did not find this site useful for opting out of individual catalogs and things (not one of the catalogs I wanted to stop receiving is in their catalog list). Catalogchoice.org has a much more extensive list. But hopefully registering with DMAChoice.org will prevent you from randomly getting added to someone's mailing list.
- In a month or so (when most of cancellations should have kicked in), begin saving the mailing label from your junk mail again, keep it somewhere visible on your desk, and take a little time once a month or so to cancel those mailings.