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Is there anyway to stop the onslaught of fliers from every local supermarket, etc that ends up in my mailbox? They are recycled of course but I get nauseous whenever I think of all the wasted resources to produce them in the first place. In the "old days" one was able to post "NO HANDBILLS" on the mailbox to take care of the problem. I asked my mail carrier the day I moved in not to deliver them and he replied that he would get fired if he didn't. 

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I heard that in some countries people have written "return to sender" and put the junk mail back into the official post boxes and let the mail company deal with it.
Thanks Janine, Junk mail is one thing - I'm not getting half of the credit card requests I used to :) But those loose newspapery sheets...there isn't a sender to return to. They don't have an adressee either. Everyone gets it whether they want it or not.
There's a company called 41pounds that provides a service of removing your name from a multitude of vendors who send catalogs & junk mail. It's at http://www.41pounds.org. I signed up, and my junk mail has definitely gone down considerably. However, I still get the Pennysaver and local supermarket flyers - I have no idea why they're not considered "junk" mail by 41pounds. Sorry, hope that's somewhat of a helpful beginning. You may want to contact them at general@41pounds.org.
Best of luck!
Thanks Sarah,
Over the years I have managed to eliminate almost all unwanted catalogues and junk mail that is addressed to me. I used a different online service (Catalog Choice?) but I have heard of 41 lbs. I am now working on things like the Pennysaver,Money Mailer and everything else that is addressed to "our friends at" my address. I'm not your friend! I think this a USPS issue.

I recently moved to Beacon and was disappointed by how much junk mail I started to receive immediately. I emailed City Council Member Randy Casale to suggest Beacon join the campaign for a national Do Not Mail registry (a National Do Not Call registry already exists). Find out more on:  http://donotmail.org/

Some interesting facts:

  1. A statewide Do Not Mail Registry would alleviate stress on municipal waste disposal systems; nearly half of the 6.5 million tons of junk mail sent to Americans each year ends up in our landfills unopened!

  2. Stopping junk mail will help combat invasion of privacy; junk credit card offers include personal information that makes us vulnerable to identity theft, and when we’re out of town, the piles of junk mail left on the door step is a clear signal you’re out of town.

  3. Junk Mail is annoying and wasteful; the majority of Americans don’t like it, yet direct mailers send out over 100 billion pieces each year. All that junk mail requires the pulp of over 100 million trees; destroying our environment and contributing to climate change.When polled, 89% of people said they would support a Do Not Mail registry.

I sent an email to  webmaster@nypennysaver.com with my address, requesting removal, and promptly received this reply:


I have received your request to stop delivery of the Yorktown Pennysaver. I have deleted your address from our database. Please allow 3-4 weeks for this to be complete while I contact your local post office and update our records. 

jMack said:

Thanks Sarah,
Over the years I have managed to eliminate almost all unwanted catalogues and junk mail that is addressed to me. I used a different online service (Catalog Choice?) but I have heard of 41 lbs. I am now working on things like the Pennysaver,Money Mailer and everything else that is addressed to "our friends at" my address. I'm not your friend! I think this a USPS issue.

You can remove yourself from the RedPlum mailing by filling out a simple form here: http://www.valassis.com/1024/Contact/consumersupport.aspx
Their automated reply: 

Your message has been sent to Valassis Consumer Support Department for processing. Your change to our mailing list will take approximately 5 to 6 weeks.

 

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