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Stop Junk Mail

In Five Minutes

I wanted to:

  1. Stop sifting through junk in my mail box, and
  2. Save the planet of a lot of wasted paper.

I am 99% successful at stopping my junk mail, but I've failed to "save the planet."

The junk mail is still coming, but the mail carrier doesn't bring it to my house.  Goal #1 is complete.  Now I'm working on goal #2.

If enough people do it, maybe we can force the paper-wasting monsters to stop mailing the junk altogether.

Here's what you do:

  1. Copy my StopJunkMail.doc example,
  2. Change my information to your name and address,
  3. Print it,
  4. Mail page #1 to your Post Office (or leave it in your mailbox for the mailman to pick up),
  5. Cut page #2 down into a small sign size, and
  6. Tape the sign to the inside of your mailbox where your mail carrier will see it.

That's it!

If you do this right now, you'll never see junk in your mail box again -- starting tomorrow.

I did this, and now I receive only my bills -- about 2 pieces per week.  No joke.

When you experience success, please please please tell your neighbors!

Thank you

Questions and Answers

Are there catches?
Yes.  If you happen to enjoy some junk mail, say for example, the Sears Big & Tall catalog, you'll never see it again.

Why does this work?
The post office is not required to deliver 3rd or 4th class mail.  At your request, they will stop bringing it.

Is the Post Office telling the mass-mailers to stop it?
No.  The mail is still coming.  But your mail carrier is simply throwing it away for you.

How fast did this work for you?
I mailed the letter and posted my sign -- it took about 5 minutes.  I never saw junk mail again.

Does any junk slip through?
Yes.  Some community mail, like Twinbrook newsletters and City Hall stuff still comes.  That is because this mail is neither addressed nor metered.  Mail carriers are instructed to simply "put one in every box."

You never know where life is going to take you.