Reduce Unwanted Junk Mail

Every time you enter a contest, make a donation, buy something, order a product by mail, write a check, or send in a subscription or warranty card, chances are your name and address are being added to a mailing list.

Below are tips you can use to reduce junk mail. Be patient, it takes 3 to 6 months to notice a reduction in your junk mail.

Mail Order Catalogs
Most catalogs provide an 800 telephone number. Call this number and ask to be taken off their mailing list.

Flyers & Brochures

Call their customer service department and request that your name be removed from their mailing list.

Envelopes Stamped "address correction requested" or "return postage guaranteed"
Return to sender by writing, "refuse, return to sender" on the envelope.

To stop unsolicited mail, phone calls, and email, the Federal Trade Commission has provided an easy way to opt out for 5 years or opt out permanently.

If you don't have access to the Internet, you may send a written request to permanently opt out to each of the major consumer reporting companies. Make sure your request includes your home telephone number, name, Social Security number, and date of birth.

Consumer Reporting Companies
Opt Out
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013

Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094

Equifax, Inc.

P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374

Innovis Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 495
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Direct Mailers
Opt out of unsolicited commercial mail:

The Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for 5 years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a "delete" file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA's Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA's Mail Preference Service, go to, or mail your request with a $1 processing fee to:

Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512