The Problem with Junk Mail – And What to Do About It

We’ve all experienced it: you come home from work and open the mailbox to find it stuffed with envelopes and letters. But as you shuffle through the pile of credit card offers, brochures, and unsolicited ads, you realize there’s nothing in it you actually need.

Even with the rise of electronic communication (think e-mail), junk mail is a prevalent issue in America, and right here in the Rio Grande Valley. And it’s not just annoying, it’s wasteful and harmful to the environment. More than 4 million tons of junk mail are produced annually, and over 50 percent of it ends up in landfills. Junk mail kills roughly 2.6 million trees every year, and every U.S. household gets an average of 6 pieces of unsolicited mail every day. Click here for more shocking junk mail statistics.

Clearly, we have a long way to go in reducing waste and becoming a landfill free society. So what can you do to help? Believe it or not, there are actually ways to reduce the flow of junk mail to your home:

  • TrustedID Mail Preference Service is a free service that helps you opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, and other direct mail you don’t want.
  • DMAChoice is a tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association that can tailor what hits your mailbox, so that you can get the things you want, and stop getting the things you don’t.
  • The National Do Not Mail List is a simple way to get your name off mailing lists.

By using these simple tools, you can reduce the clutter in your mailbox and help the environment by reducing the massive paper waste that junk mail causes. At RedFish Recycling, we’re the experts. Follow us on Facebook for more recycling tips and advice.