Tips Tuesday: Tired of Junk Mail?
April 24th 2012
Most of my mail is junk. Whether it is business mailings, coupons, or solicitations, they are all things that I do not want and never asked to receive. There are plenty of evenings when I take the contents of our mailbox and drop them right in the recycling bin. It might surprise you to learn that adults receive approximately 16 pieces of junk mail a week. That is an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per adult citizen each year!
Not only is junk mail annoying, it is terrible for the environment. According to the WildWest Institute, an estimated 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce 4.5 million tons of junk mail. 44 percent of it is thrown away unopened, and only about 30% of it is recycled. In addition, creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars, and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk mail each year.
Luckily, there are organizations that are determined to help you lose the junk. The sites listed below will either show you all the steps you need to take in order to stop receiving junk mail, or, for a small fee, do all of those steps for you.
Now, if someone can tell me how I can stop receiving the phone book, it will make my year.