Households can significantly reduce their advertising and unwanted mail (junk mail) by taking the following simple steps:
1. Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s free Mail Preference Service.
2. Register with Catalog Choice to remove yourself from catalog mailings.
3. Download the free app PaperKarma from I-Tunes. Simply pull out your phone and snap photos of the offending mail. PaperKarma will figure out what it is and how to stop it.
4. The nation’s major consumer credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, Innovis and Trans Union – established a website to get off lists for pre-approved credit card solicitations. Visit www.OptOutPrescreen.com. You will need to provide your social security number, full name, address and telephone numbers.
The service allows you to opt out for two years or permanently. You can "opt back in" at any time by calling the same number.
5. Contact individual mailers to be removed from distribution lists. Not all companies use national systems. For instance you can opt out of the Valpak mailings.
Any junk mail that you DO receive can be recycled! There’s no need to remove windows from envelopes, staples or paperclips.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has more information and resources to reduce the hail of unwanted mail. See also our page on reducing unwanted mail at work.