We’re in control of lots of ways to cut down on paper usage, but one thing we really don’t have control over is the junk mail we receive. I’ve gathered up a few sites that will help cut down on that unwanted paper. And while it likely won’t completely eliminate it, anything is better than nothing. And it’s just plain nicer to not get so much trash in the mail.
Yellow Pages Opt Out
This one is relatively new, and I just heard about it recently. Before now, you didn’t have a choice whether to receive your local yellow pages delivered on your doorstep. Now, there’s a way to opt out of getting it. It’s as simple as a free signup with your name, address, and email, and you can select which yellow pages you’d like to not get. We usually get 3 separate ones on our doorstep, and I was able to opt out of all of them. Here’s the link: http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/homepage
National Do Not Mail Registry
This one has been around a while longer, and was started in response to the success of the National Do Not Call Registry. It is as quick and easy as it sounds. Just fill out the form on the page here and you’re registered!
DMA Choice has a very thorough list for removing all kinds of unsolicited mail. This one will take a little longer to fill out (maybe 10 minutes), as there is a separate section for opting out of pre-approved credit card offers, catalogs, magazines, and other kinds of mail offers. But if you hate junk mail as much as I do, it’s worth it. Click here to get started.
Catalog Choice will remove your name from receiving catalogs. You simply create a free account, input the catalogs you’ve received, and they will contact the company on your behalf to discontinue the catalogs. This sounds like an added step, but I can honestly say I have several catalogs where I tore off the back page with the phone number and saved it. I always had the best intentions of calling them to have my name removed but never got around to it. This just eliminates the phone call and the waiting on hold to talk to someone. Also, if you make a $20 donation, they contact the third-party sellers who buy and sell names to other companies and have your name removed from those places, so you don’t get the stuff in the first place, let alone have to specifically discontinue the stuff you do get. Pretty cool huh? Here’s the link: http://www.catalogchoice.org/